The end of Tom Shaw's first week at DAC


DAC this week welcomes our two new technical team support officers, Andrew Northmore-Thomas and Week on the Streets' external website campaigner for autism, Tom Nasmyth-Shaw.

Tom would like to share his first week on board the DAC team with you.

Day 4:

This week has been my favourite first week of any paid employment to date. I’ve always wanted to work with technology, I just wasn’t entirely sure in what field, and when this would come into my already manic lifestyle, running an Autism charity and being a father of two.

The team here I must say are fantastic; a mixture of personalities that all complement each other individually, all one unit working towards the same goal.

Throughout the week I have been proud to be a part of the Tech Team that has overseen the testing of many websites by well-known organisations that I never thought I would work alongside; providing technical assistance for a selection of analysts, that also test technology and, at the same time, look into other aspects of the digital world (coding, HTML5 etc ) – so to say I’m excited is an understatement. Nowadays, technology and the World Wide Web are not only moving fast, but frequently changing the game plan - if we’re not careful it’ll leave us behind.

My plan for the next 3 months is to learn the job thoroughly and pass my probationary period. In the meantime, I’ll try and gain knowledge in other aspects of the job like coding/HTML5 (one example) so in the future I can fully understand more complex technical issues.

More importantly, I love how everyone , no matter what disability, age or race, can unite and come together and create an equal playing field to try and help make this world a far better place, both digitally and non-digitally. Digital inclusion turned into social inclusion – that’ll do nicely.

Thank you for having me

Tom – Technical Team Support Officer