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Meet the Clickers – James Robertson

It’s that time once again! It’s time for Episode 73 of Meet the Clickers and this week, I sat down with PHP Developer, James Robertson, to discuss everything from his love of video games to the decline of Manchester United. Here’s what James had to say…

Hi James, hope you’re well mate? Could you please start off by telling us a bit about how you started out here at Click and what your day to day responsibilities are?

Hi Ben, before I started at Click, I was doing a Prince’s Trust course at Stoke-on-Trent College whilst looking for work, after finishing my course at Staffs Uni. One of the staff at the college told me to email my CV to him and then he would send it to someone he knew at Click (Shaun) and from there, I had an assessed challenge to complete and then demo. Unfortunately, Shaun wasn’t in when I was supposed to be demoing it, but Graeme Burgess and Pete De-Ath appeared in his absence and I basically got the job from that!

Great stuff. If you were stranded on a desert island all by yourself for the rest of your life, what 3 items would you take along with you?

  • First aid kit to heal any injuries or wounds.
  • Water so I have something to drink.
  • Not sure about the 3rd item.

No food?! I’ve been told that you’re a bit of a stickler for a good joke by a couple of your team members – what’s your best one?

Q: What 10 letter word starts with fuel?

A: Automobile.

Oh dear. I’d definitely recommend staying in the line of work that you’re already in! What’s your idea of a perfect weekend?

Doing absolutely nothing for two days and probably spending both days sleeping.

What hobby would you like to take up, if time and money were no problem?

Collecting expensive high-end cars (Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Bentley etc…)

Can’t argue with that! What should everybody try at least once in their life?

I think everybody should try driving a proper car (Volkswagen) because they are smooth to drive and are generally all-round good cars (ignoring the emissions in the diesel variants.)

I think that you’ve been spending a bit too much time with Graeme! What do people usually come to you for help with?

Usually, IT related issues outside of working hours. Inside working hours, it’s usually fixing various bugs throughout the DMS that don’t need Graeme to deal with them!

We’ve spoken a couple of times in the office about you being a big fan of video games, especially on your PC and PlayStation 4. What game was it that got you into gaming?

I would have to say FIFA. I’ve practically played all of them since ’99 on the PC!

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Seeing my development skills grow as I gain more and more knowledge is one thing. Manchester United actually being a good team again and winning titles is another. At the rate that United are going, they will be level with Port Vale and Crewe pretty soon!

Bit of a low blow! Mind you, it must be nice being able to support your team from the comfort of your armchair. Finally, what’s your favourite thing about working here at Click?

I would have to say it’s the really friendly atmosphere that has a family feel to it, and everyone is always available to help if you get stuck with any problems or are finding a certain task hard to understand. Everyone throughout the business wants everyone to enjoy their job and do well, and in Tech particularly people always push each other to improve and learn new, better and more efficient ways of completing tasks, but above all, it’s the family atmosphere that makes it an enjoyable place to work.

Great answer, Click really is full of really good people and is a great place to work! Thanks for your time, James.

If you’re already looking forward to the next edition of Meet the Clickers, you can catch up on all previous episodes here. If you’re already caught up, be sure to join us again next week for episode 74!

Until next time,

Woody



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