In December 2012, two things happened to change my life dramatically. I decided to leave my telecoms job after 13 years and enroll in Design school in Sydney. I also met the woman who 12 months later would be become my wife. In February 2013, I finished up my old job and a week later was thrown into design classes and study for the first time in 14 years. Every morning I walked from the train station at Circular Quay in Sydney with the Opera house one side the Sydney Harbour Bridge right in front of me. There was no doubt I had made the right decision. In August, towards the end of my second term at school, my girlfriend (also Australian) moved from Germany to Panama to teach at 1st grade at an International School. It was decided that I would follow her at the end of term and complete my subjects from Central America. I proposed to her once we got to our apartment and in December 2013 we were married on the island of Nevis at the Four Seasons in the West Indies. So It's now January 2015, I've finished all my courses but we're now looking for our next move, maybe to settle down somewhere. Thanks to my maternal Grandfather, I'm able to get a UK Ancestry Visa (possibly even dual-citizenship). So I'm looking to get stuck into my new career, use some of my previous customer service experience and see where this all takes me.
Spending 12 years of my life, at only 32 wasn't something I planned. I enjoyed the work and I my customers were all amazing to work with. Whilst this was all very technical, dealing with telecommunications and high-end servers, the time spent with my customers taught me a lot about customer relations. My customers were mostly in government, Emergency Services (Australia's 000 emergency line), Finance and small business. So I've spent time with a wide variety of industries, all with differing needs and expectations.
After leaving my career in telecoms for 12 years, I wanted something different, something creative. I could chosen Photography, I basically could have chosen any major design avenue. I was always blown away by what came across online and in print, so I decided I would happy with Graphic Design. I attended the Sydney campus in the Rocks, I completed 2 terms here before leaving Australia and completing the remainder of my subjects online from Panama City.