Monday, 27 November 2017

New Starter @ F!nd

We interviewed new starter, Jonathan Collin to F!nd out more about his role and previous experience within the industry...

Name and Job title:
Jonathan Collin – Junior GIS Consultant

What will you be doing at F!nd?
As a Junior GIS Consultant, I will be involved in a diverse range of tasks at F!nd Mapping including map creation, data loading and exporting; and supporting existing F!nd products and services. I will also work alongside parent/sister companies (GIA and VU CITY) to provide support and work on internal GIS and database projects. 

What is your previous experience in the industry?
My love for GIS and interest in spatial data immerged through my time studying BSc Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Previous employment as an Environmental Field Team Technician did touch upon the GIS and mapping industry, with the use of cartographic skills to produce detailed drainage plans for clients such as DB Schenker, however this did not fulfil the GIS career I had hoped for.

I have recently completed a MSc GIS course at the University of Edinburgh and will be graduating next week! Such a challenging course has prepared me for the rapidly evolving GIS industry. I also won this year’s MSc Geographical Information Science Cluster Best GIS Webpage prize 2017. This was for producing the best webpage that presents my dissertation regarding Regional Scale Volcanic Hazard Mapping in Guatemala. The following link allows access to this:

What do you enjoy doing when not at work? 
Working as a chef for over 3 years has meant a great passion for food and now means I actively enjoy cooking new dishes for friends and family. My love for Italian cuisine has lead me to visit the country over 10 times and has inspired me to begin learning the language. I studied Foundation Italian at university and now spend time expanding my vocabulary, in order to become a fluent speaker.

I have recently moved to London and am ready to explore the food, music and culture this diverse city has to offer. I am also a keen tennis player and plan to join a club here in London.

Welcome to the team Jonathan, it's great to have you on board.

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