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Friday 10 January 2020
Nick Scott joins us as systems engineer, following a long career in the military where he did many tours, working on helicopter communication systems.
A large part of my career has been spent in the military. I joined in 1990 and served until 2014. During this time I toured places such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Being away from home and family for such a long time takes its toll and I decided to settle permanently back in the North East. The experiences I gained in the military have certainly shaped the person I am today, with a focus on team ethos.
Upon becoming a civilian, I worked initially at Virgin Media and then moved to an IT company as a project engineer and although I enjoyed my time there, I was ready for a new challenge. Happily, I am approaching the end of my third month at Activ Technology and I can honestly say it’s been great. My role is within the telecoms team, as systems engineer. I work as part of a small team, all of whom have been extremely welcoming and we support client phone systems, broadband and telephone lines.
The morale at Activ is high and the support people give each other is fantastic. Having come from a background where looking after one another is integral, it is important to me that I work somewhere that has the same ethos. Our recent Christmas party was an excellent way to get to know colleagues better and it would be fair to say that we all put in a good team effort when it came to drinking beer and driving the dodgems!
Outside of work I like to keep fit and stay active, this harks back to my military days! I play 5-a-side a couple of times a week and I walk the dog, which is a Chihuahua, so the walks would be longer if he was a little bigger but every little helps, as they say!
Christmas was spent at home with my family and my thoughts, as always, were with all the armed forces currently deployed and their families over the festive period. I spent many years working away and it is especially hard to be thousands of miles away from loved ones at Christmas. If there is one thing that the military taught me, it’s that family and health are everything.