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Finding the Right Fit: An interview with Maples' new IT Wizz

Every single one of our staff members has their own skills, experiences, talents, and interests outside of Maples, we love getting to know our staff members on a more personal level.

Recently we chatted with our new IT technician Jack, who told us more about his passions in life, his personal relationship with mental health, and what drew him to Maples.

Tell us about you “Outside of work I’m very musical, I sing, write music and I’m learning the ukelele. I’ve got 4 songs on Spotify, one of which is a charity single. I like going to the gym for PT sessions and HITT classes with my friends, I like racing and go-karting. A go-karting team have asked me to come for a private test, and if the test goes well then I could be in their team, so that’s really cool.” Tell us about your role “So I’m IT, I’ll be everyone’s first point of contact for hardware issues and anything IT related, error messages, that sort of thing. I’m going to be working with Three Cherries to see what I can take off of them, that way we’ve got someone on-site who knows what they’re doing, touch wood!”

Jack has recently earnt himself a new nickname - the 'IT Wizz'! But judging by our recent IT issues, some of the Finance team are starting to question his wizard status.

Tell us about your background & previous experience “I started at college doing a level 3 in IT and business, I then did an apprenticeship where I worked at an IT desk for three years and went on to do a level 3 and level 4 diploma in IT and business.

I did a few other jobs before getting back into IT, but the role was homeworking, which didn’t suit me, so I became a salesman selling cables. I wasn’t really suited to being a salesman, it’s not really my forte, but it got me back out of the house.

When this job came up, it just seemed to sum me up perfectly, what the company does, it’s quite a personal thing for me, so it wasn’t just the IT side that drew me in”.

What inspired you to go for a job in Mental health?

"The last few years have been really hard for me, my friend had leukaemia, I lost my grandad, and a close friend took his own life. So I was off work and went to therapy, but I didn’t see the therapy sessions through. My grandmother passed away on the 27th of December, and I started therapy again. I think sometimes people are embarrassed to talk about it, I was for so long, but now I’m not, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. When I spoke to Tiff on the phone, within 5 minutes we were laughing and joking with each other. I just knew that Maples would be the right kind of environment for me to excel in and be able to come into work confident and happy.”

What would you be doing If you weren’t doing this

“Crying. *laughs*. In all seriousness, if I wasn’t in IT, I would either do something in sports or something in music. I was very sporty growing up but had a lot of operations because I’m a bit clumsy. I think by the time I was 22, I has 5 operations, so I was like, yeah, I should probably give up sport now.”

What makes you excited to work at Maples?

“I think the people, I believe it’s important to not just be colleagues with the people you’re working with, but be friends with them too because you spend most of your time with them. I thrive with confidence, so if my confidence is low, I doubt myself and second guess myself, so it’s nice to be employed somewhere where you can be yourself and be full of confidence, you work better in that type of environment. My last job didn’t motivate me, and this is the first time in years that I’ve got up on a Monday morning before my alarm and have felt motivated to get up and wanted to get into work” Do you have a welcome message?

“If you can be anything, be kind”

We are thrilled to welcome Jack to the Maples team, we’re so excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing what he will achieve at Maples. Thank you, Jack, for sharing your story with us.

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