DAC this week welcomes our two new technical team support officers, Andrew Northmore-Thomas and Week on the Streets' external website campaigner for autism, Tom Nasmyth-Shaw.
Tom would like to share his first week on board the DAC team with you.
This week has been my favourite first week of any paid employment to date. I’ve always wanted to work with technology, I just wasn’t entirely sure in what field, and when this would come into my already manic lifestyle, running an Autism charity and being a father of two.
The team here I must say are fantastic; a mixture of personalities that all complement each other individually, all one unit working towards the same goal.
Throughout the week I have been proud to be a part of the Tech Team that has overseen the testing of many websites by well-known organisations that I never thought I would work alongside; providing technical assistance for a selection of analysts, that also test technology and, at the same time, look into other aspects of the digital world (coding, HTML5 etc ) – so to say I’m excited is an understatement. Nowadays, technology and the World Wide Web are not only moving fast, but frequently changing the game plan - if we’re not careful it’ll leave us behind.
My plan for the next 3 months is to learn the job thoroughly and pass my probationary period. In the meantime, I’ll try and gain knowledge in other aspects of the job like coding/HTML5 (one example) so in the future I can fully understand more complex technical issues.
More importantly, I love how everyone , no matter what disability, age or race, can unite and come together and create an equal playing field to try and help make this world a far better place, both digitally and non-digitally. Digital inclusion turned into social inclusion – that’ll do nicely.
Thank you for having me
Tom – Technical Team Support Officer