It is Sam’s turn in the spotlight this month, as he tells us about breaking into the tech industry, his love of gaming, and why Tesla’s innovations have been a real stand-out over the last 12 months…
How did you first get into the world of tech?
It’s always been more of a passion than anything. I loved gaming and anything sci-fi related from a young age, and as I grew older, I found a keen interest in building PC’s too.
So, when it came to planning out my career prospects, it seemed like the obvious choice to look at avenues in tech – not least because it’s such a fast-growing industry. I saw Vapour doing great things, and wanted to get my foot in the door.
And what is your earliest memory of tech in your life?
The Atari Joystick was my bread and butter for years. Pacman, Dig Dug – I used to play them all!
What’s the one quality you need to thrive in this environment (especially at Vapour)?
I’d say willingness to learn and try new things.
Both the tech industry and Vapour as a business are constantly evolving, and innovation never stands still – even the experts don’t know what’s on the horizon at times. That’s why it’s crucial to be open-minded to change and exploration.
And what is the one thing you would change about the tech sector?
The jargon. Technical language needs to be simpler across the board.
As much as tech is integrated into the world, there’s a lot of people who don’t know where to start – including employees. When I joined Vapour, I sought the role out directly because the team is so straight-talking and has a proven track record. Others might not be so lucky in getting that entry-level foot in the door.
Why do you think Vapour stands out in the channel?
First-class products are a given with Vapour, and the results they achieve are testament to their success.
But something that really stands out for me, above all else, is the level of customer service we offer. You can rely on the team 24/7, and customers are constantly firing positive feedback our way.
Complete the sentences:
The best piece of tech ever invented is...
The Gameboy. It was so ahead of its time in terms of portable gaming, and I spent hours on end during car trips as a child on it.
The next purchase on my (personal) tech wish list is...
A sturdier pair of headphones – mine always seem to be breaking!
A tech firm that has really stood out for me in the last 12 months is...
I’d have to say Tesla. Having studied environmental sciences at university, electric cars are something that really pique my interest. From supercharging stations to the energy storage Megapacks, they’re always doing something to disrupt the industry!