Having spent the majority of his working career in retail, Matthew McKay is happy to concede that joining Nutbourne has been a bit of a culture shock. After working for almost 10 years on the shop floor at John Lewis, Matt’s love of tech saw him take a position in the company’s IT department where he spent a further two years managing user accounts and looking after shop floor machinery. He joined Nutbourne in March 2018 to further his knowledge in the field – and has been taken aback by how different things are.
“When I arrived here I realised what a world of difference there was between the two places,” he says. “I didn’t think it was going to be as different as it was – but that’s what has pleased me. It’s been good to change environments, move my career on and learn so much.
“The role here interested me, and I was impressed with the way the company was run. It made me feel good and I felt like it was a place I could work. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a lot of work, but it’s something I needed to do.”
He adds that getting to grips with new technical challenges has been testing, but in truth, that’s what he was looking for. The opportunity to work as part of smaller team, where you are more accountable but more likely to learn because of it, was too good to miss. In the time since he’s arrived, he’s grown more than he thought possible.
“My learning curve has been huge. I’ve joined with no IT experience to an extent, because of the difference between what I do here and what I was doing at John Lewis. It’s been hard but I’ve really enjoyed.
“As I’ve gone on through the weeks I’ve realised that I am happy with where I am – I’m looking up and looking forward to progressing. The guys have been amazing and the support has been fantastic.
“The company is growing and I hope to do the same with them. I’m a trainee support analyst, from there I hope to progress to first line support, second line support and beyond – there’s room to do that in this company, and that’s what’s appealing about it. I don’t want to come to work, do my job and go home again – I want to come to work and work towards something.”