Super Seven #4 Charles Shaw
In the fourth of our Super Seven Series we profile our FPGA Engineer, Charles Shaw. Charles joined the team last year, and we can’t remember what life was like before he joined.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am sarcastic and sardonic, perhaps overly so, I’m quite shy if you’re a stranger, but I quickly come out of my shell once I get to know you. I laugh at all my own jokes because I think I’m hilarious.
I’ve lived in many different places throughout my childhood, so I’ve never been able to easily answer the question “where are you from?” I used to think this was a disadvantage as a kid because I would have to change schools etc, have to make new friends etc but as I’ve got older I’ve realised it’s made me who I am , and I now think I’m a more well rounded individual because of it.
I like to travel but don’t do it enough and wish I could do it more.
I’m quite lazy and am prone to putting stuff off, but when I do eventually put my mind to something, I will carry it through.
I like the idea of being really fit and healthy, but don’t always have the willpower to carry it out.
I can’t dance to save my life.
I bake a mean cheesecake!
I’m quite introverted at heart and enjoy my own company.
I always scoff at being made to socialise but normally enjoy it when I’m doing it.
2. What’s your role in KETS?
3. What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
Getting something working on hardware, especially if it’s been causing an issue, you get an adrenaline rush from it.
4. What inspires you?
Space and nature documentaries I watched as a kid, I always wanted to be involved in some way, I wanted to leave a contribution behind in humanity’s great quest for knowledge and self-betterment.
5. What advice would you give someone wanting to get into your role.
Fake it ’till you make it (I’m actually being half serious). The best advice is be confident in yourself, when you start out it is expected you won’t know very much. Part of any job is learning to do the job first, don’t ever be afraid to ask others for help, there is no shame in that. Know your own worth and don’t let others take advantage of you.
6. What do you do when you’re not at work?
Play video games, read books (sci-fi mainly), ride my bike, play football, socialise with friends, watch netflix, go to music gigs.
7. What’s the last book you read?
To get in touch with Charles, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org