Our very own go to guy, Craig Kirby tells us a little bit more about what he gets up to when he’s not problem solving D-Link UK and Ireland’s technical questions.
Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like
My day to day role involves many different aspects and there are times where each day can be very different from the last. Sometimes I am in the office catching up with debugging and technology testing, performing training to end users and partners, and others where I am performing site surveys at a new site, or maybe building solutions over the phone and email. Each day can be very different, which to me is very refreshing and keeps things interesting.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?
Achieving a first class degree as a mature student was probably my biggest academic achievement, however I’m most proud about taking the initial decision to change my life and go back to education in the first place. I always loved computing and networking, and that decision has helped me get back to the path I has always wanted for myself. For anyone considering doing the same, take my advice, go for it and believe in yourself, and you may even make some great friends along the way.
If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?
I’d definitely be a Cadbury’s Crème Egg, because I am a bit of an egg-head. I am the stereotypical techy who likes to dabble with new technologies, many times you can hear me waffling on about switches and other devices, and generally confusing those around me who do not have the same interests. Just ask my girlfriend!
If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
Jetpack, seriously, why don’t we have one of those yet? Failing that, I’d invent a system which allows you to rate the driver in front of you, as someone on the road a lot I’d love to be able to give a thumbs up to good drivers and let the bad ones know just how bad they are. Too many bad marks and you get ejected out of your seat into the nearest river.
What would be the soundtrack to your life?
Anything from the album Spiritual Machines by Our Lady Peace, the concept combines technology and the future with the impact on our conscience and psyche. It sounds deeper than it really is, but I do feel that a balance in our lives between social media and other technologies should go hand in hand with nature and the environment, how we treat ourselves, and how we treat those around us.
If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?
In truth, I would want to be my fellow Technical Pre-Sales engineer colleague Jatin, that way I have the same job role! I get to talk to people about technology, help those who are in need of advice, travel around the country, and get creative with building solutions. Technology is all about learning, and I get to do it every day. I consider myself very lucky.
Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?
My favourite place is Amsterdam, to be able to see the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum buildings and absorb the different culture in the area is great. Plus the food really appeals to me, and as everyone around me knows I am definitely a “foodie”.
Do you have any hobbies?
This year my plan is to prepare for some summer fun runs for charity so I am currently trying to improve my fitness to raise awareness for the McMillan Cancer Support services. I feel it’s time to give something back as I have been very fortunate in life. Now, if I can only stop catching the flu…
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
Be brave, follow your heart not just your head. Accept change and role with it, and be open to new experiences.
Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem
Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.