Today we’re shining the spotlight on Craig Fitch, Application Support Analyst who is part of our Sword Resolve Applications Team, based in Aberdeen.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you did before joining Sword?
I have worked across various IT disciplines for over 10 years now, building strong problem solving, communications, technical and team building skills. Before joining Sword’s Resolve team in September 2020, I worked as a senior system engineer in the energy and infrastructure market.
Prior to that, I worked for nearly 8 years for a family-owned business who provide safety and competency support for hazardous industries around the world. As an Application Support Executive, I worked as a key member of a small team and enjoyed supporting, training and developing their software products to continually help meet customer demand.
My hobbies include time with the family, walking, hiking and regularly going to the gym (when they are open). I’m also a lover of music, cinema and occasionally turning on the Playstation.
You joined Sword Resolve’s Applications Team during lockdown, how did you find the onboarding process and starting a new position working from home?
I’ve been working as part of the Resolve Application Support team on one of our major oil operator contracts since I joined. Starting a new role remotely has actually been fairly challenge free; I was introduced to the team who very quickly took me under their wings and showed me the ropes. I was picking up tasks and learning on the job within days of starting, and I truly couldn’t have asked for a more supportive group of people. Any questions I’ve had are answered quickly and they have been extremely proactive in showing me different aspects of the job and how to use the tools available to us. This has all been done over Microsoft Teams using calls, chat and screen sharing.
What challenges have you faced while working remotely and how have you overcome them?
The most challenging aspects of working remotely haven’t come from the job itself, it’s more the typical problems everyone is facing during the pandemic and lockdown; home schooling children, everyone being inside and feeling like you are staring at the same four walls each day.
To overcome these challenges my partner and I create timetables for the kids for their schoolwork and make sure to get out for walks whenever possible.
Regular calls with colleagues for catch ups to talk about work and other things such as hobbies and interests help massively. Checking in on one another too really helps, so if someone isn’t saying much on a call or throughout the day, it doesn’t take much to send them a personal message and make sure they are ok.
Why did you choose to progress your career with Sword?
I was fortunate that when the job offer came through from Sword, I had also received offers from other companies, however Sword was ahead of the pack in my view. The conversations I had during the interview process gave me a good picture of the Sword culture, showing the friendly and professional type of business Sword is and the types of customers we interact with.
Having been here for only a few months I’m already having conversations about how I can increase my knowledge, and how I can help to support the Resolve team by building on some of my prior experience.
What would you say to someone considering a role at Sword?
Sword has an outstanding onboarding process where you feel supported and part of the team very quickly, at no point have I felt overwhelmed or that I didn’t know who to speak to for support.
From what I have seen so far and from conversations with others within Sword, whether you are new to IT or an IT professional, Sword have the experience to help you to learn your new role quickly and provide plenty of support. They are also very aware that times are tough for people and are flexible to employee needs.