I’m a supportive, caring and hardworking individual with a very outgoing personality; I always enjoy looking for new challenges and opportunities. I’ve often gone out of my way to develop new skills and qualifications outside of my school curricula, such as learning to program, sail and race. By the age of 16 I had achieved my yachting
I’m a supportive, caring and hardworking individual with a very outgoing personality; I always enjoy looking for new challenges and opportunities. I’ve often gone out of my way to develop new skills and qualifications outside of my school curricula, such as learning to program, sail and race. By the age of 16 I had achieved my yachting day skipper, power boat driver and dinghy instructor qualifications, as well as self teaching myself C++ to the point of making a simplistic 'Space Invaders' like game purely out of my own interests in computing and programming.
I currently divide my time constructively between working, volunteering with St. John Ambulance, sailing and some android development. At university I was the chair of Aston LINKS, a sub-division of St. John Ambulance and university society, where we taught first aid to other students and provided first aid cover for events on campus and throughout the West Midlands. I’m a reliable person and put in extra work where needed, over the summer period some of my committee members had left university and subsequently the society. I had to take on their roles, dividing the responsibility between myself and the remaining committee members.
Over the past year I've been engaged with numerous volunteer projects aimed at encouraging children to take up a role in engineering. One such project was part of a science in schools initiative where myself and a couple other IBMers went to Colden Common Primary School over a period of ten weeks to demonstrate the applications of a lightweight computer called a Raspberry Pi and an input sensor called a Makey Makey. I created several lesson plans teaching them how use these devices and then challenged them to create a physical solution to a problem at their school. I was immensely proud of their solutions and how adept they became in basic programming by the end. A couple students were even inspired to start programming at home.
Tivoli Network Manager Developer @ Software developer within IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure, I am a core product developer working on a variety of function areas. Keen to promote the adoption of proven leading edge technologies to ensure our product remains ahead of the competition. Recently taken on the role of backup build engineer. From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) London, United KingdomJava Systems Testing @ A one year placement in the Java System Verification Test department of IBM. I was responsible for monitoring the acceptance stress tests; one of the first sets of testing that new Java builds go through across all supported operating systems. When any defects arose I analysed job reports and logs to identify why there was a failure, then triaged by severity, open problem trackers and raised the issue with developers.
I was also tasked to integrate into our current infrastructure a method of automating the deployment of virtual machines to Hypervisors worldwide. By exploiting new cloud deployment technologies the department was able to better manage and utilise the resources available and conduct additional testing. From July 2012 to July 2013 (1 year 1 month) Administrator @ A part-time position at St. John Ambulance's West Midlands regional Headquarters. I operated in the membership services department and also assisted with the collating of the end of year reports concerning the activities of local units. From February 2012 to May 2012 (4 months) Cargo X-ray Screener @ I worked night shifts X-raying cargo on behalf of DHL at East Midlands Airport. I had the responsibility of stopping all dangerous goods from travelling, as well as helping my supervisor with computer equipment. I also did additional shifts passenger side to help G4S at EMA’s departures area where clients are searched before boarding. From July 2011 to January 2012 (7 months) Branch Assistant @ My role involved over the counter customer relations, managing accounts and funds, as well as creating and maintaining multiple databases and spreadsheets. From January 2009 to January 2011 (2 years 1 month)
Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics with Computing with Professional Placement, First Class Honours @ Aston University From 2010 to 2014 Hindleys Community College From 2006 to 2010 Matt Simons is skilled in: Java, Programming, First Aid, Software Engineering, C++, Operating Systems, Full UK Driving Licence, Perl, Sailing Instructor, Docker, Python, Netcool, IBM Tivoli Network Manager, HTML 5, PHP
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