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Ever wonder what it would be like to do your job while living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world?
This month we caught up with our Systems Analyst Shaun Wilkinson who is based at our headquarters in Portree, Isle of Skye. Thank you Shaun for taking the time to participate in our "Meet the Team" Series! We'd love to get your perspective on what it's like to work for Sitekit Solutions in Skye.
Shaun, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m currently working as a Systems Analyst; I maintain and develop many of our internal systems along with the rest of my team. I’ve been in my current role for about 2 years now and I’ve been with Sitekit for around 6 years at this point. I work for Sitekit Solutions primarily, supporting our Portree and HQ offices but also act as support for the entire company as required.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
More than anything I enjoy the challenge. Each day tends to bring something new that I’ve not seen before and it’s great to be able to directly help people in the company. I wouldn’t be able to do the exact same thing every day, I’d just lose interest.
What drew you to Sitekit and how has Sitekit changed since?
After living in Bulgaria for a few years I moved back to the UK and ended up on the Isle of Skye. At the time I was just finishing up my final year of school and managed to get a work experience position at Sitekit over the holidays, once I finished school I met Campbell Grant who gave me a proper chance to show what I was capable of. At the time I don’t think I was quite what the company was looking for, but Sitekit took me on anyway and it’s just grown from there.
When I first joined Sitekit it was a much smaller company. The company has grown at a considerable rate since then and some things have changed but everybody is still very friendly, and I still get the chance to get to know most of the staff.
Could you describe a typical day in the life of Shaun? What is it like to live and work on the Isle of Skye?
I’m not much of a morning person, so I generally lumber out of bed, have some breakfast then walk to the office.
One of the benefits of being on Skye is not having to deal with the long morning commute. In my case I live 10 minutes away from the office so it’s a good start to the morning being able to just enjoy the scenery on a nice day.
Once I’m in the office and the tea is brewing I do a quick review of all the kit in the company and make sure nothing has broken overnight or over the weekend and then sit down to have a chat with the rest of my team. When that’s done, I generally move on to review our backlog and start work on one of the many tasks that need to be done, currently that’s rolling out our first major update to various clients for the Sitekit CMS and moving the company towards Azure technologies.
What do you like the most about working at Sitekit?
I’m quite a social person so I like that the Portree office is such a friendly place, we’re quite often chatting and laughing in between work and most of us take part in tea rounds. As for the work I really enjoy that it’s always just a little bit different. In my time at Sitekit I’ve worked on achieving ISO 9001 with a great team, developing SharePoint and Dynamics CRM, working on our internal networking, web hosting and so much more.
What advice would you give to recent new hires?
I think the most important thing is to be flexible and to never stop learning, especially nowadays with Graduate Apprenticeships and the likes it’s very possible to attain a degree in something related to your work, which is amazing when you consider you can progress your career and reach for something that would normally require 4 years of dedicated time and quite a lot of debt.
What would you do for your career if you weren’t a Systems Analyst?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I like the idea of being a developer of some sort as programming has always interested me. Over the years I’ve also become quite knowledgeable in Dynamics CRM so maybe I’d focus on that a little more and see where it takes me.
If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
Well currently I’m focused on learning guitar in my free time, so I’d love to learn that to a decent level. Once I’ve reclaimed a bit of free time in my life, I’d like to get more into building and maintaining electronics, it would be very cool to be able to build a small robot or a smart mirror.
What do you like doing outside of work?
In my off time I enjoy relaxing in my garden with a few drinks and friends, weather permitting, or going for walks around Skye. When the weather is not so great (most of the time) I enjoy playing games or working on small projects, my most recent being redecorating the hallway and one of the bedrooms in my house.
For holidays, by far my favourite recently has been a little island called Corfu off the west coast of Greece. A lovely place with great weather and the locals are extremely friendly and happy. I think I could quite happily sit beside the pool drinking cocktails for a few weeks without a care in the world given the chance.