In our series of ‘meet the team’ interviews, we chat with Sebastian Burridge, Alliants Service Desk Manager.
Tell us a little about yourself
I have spent over a decade in IT, starting on IBM AS400’s and currently at AWS cloud infrastructures - having worked on all sorts in-between. When not helping Alliants provide excellent customer support and solutions, I also double up as the resident film expert, in particular world cinema.
What attracted you to join Alliants?
My career path has always been aiming to work within small dynamic companies, using their ability to move quickly to benefit larger corporations. When looking for my next career move, there was the choice of working on military projects, or helping a small company based in a marina start up a support desk. It was a no-brainer.
What are some of your passions?
I love watching old films from around the world (films are like wine - best watched after some age). I particularly enjoy films that depict cultures or places I would never have known existed. When not inside watching films, I can be found outside coaching my son’s football team.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career?
My dad is my biggest influence in my career - he is the one who put me forward for a new career away from retail and into IT. He spent decades being an expert on IBM systems and showed me how to resolve IT problems using logic and reason. He is now happily retired but loves to hear all about the new technology from me!
What is a great day off for you?
Living close to the beach means a perfect day off involves being there. Where I live we have a funfair, arcades, ice cream vans and cafes all along the coast, so a perfect day off would involve setting up camp on a stretch of it and enjoying the seaside.
What’s been your best travel experience?
After my A-Levels, I took a gap year that involved a touring holiday of Egypt. Although the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings were awesome spectacles, we spent the last five days camping out in the Sahara desert. This is where we saw the real Egypt and experienced so much more culture than in Cairo.
Your best travel tip?
Go look for the restaurant the locals go to, not where the tourists go to. This is especially true in Rome, where you can find a real family-run trattoria just by walking around a bit more.