Squiz Q&A with Trainer, Dominic Patmore
Trainer Dominic Patmore (Dom) talks to us about how awesome it is to work hands-on with tech, engage with clients, and what being Chief Fun Officer at Squiz UK is like on a day-to-day basis.
Squiz: In which office are you based Dom?
Squiz: How long have you worked at Squiz?
Patmore: July will make 3 years now.
Did you go to University and, if so, what did you study?
I did, and I studied Mathematics, but you must put Mathematics not Maths. I will withdraw from this process if you put Maths.
I started studying in America but came to the UK and studied at the University of London. However, I didn’t actually know about Squiz until I got here.
What does a typical ‘Dom day’ at Squiz look like?
It’s interesting; I get to engage with our clients and work hands-on with the technology. It’s nice to be able to spend a lot of time marrying people with technology in a training environment.
I am also the Chief Fun Officer here at Squiz UK, and so, organise the various games nights we have.
Best thing about working at Squiz?
It’s very close to my house. But seriously, working to partner people with technology is great. I also really love hosting the weekly open mic and the Squiz quizzes.
What excites you about the world of technology?
I’ve never worked in an industry that moves so fast, you really have to work hard to stay abreast of everything that’s happening and you’re humbled by the fact there’s not enough time to keep up with it all.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I don’t think you have enough time for this but, in short, I’m a competitive power lifter, I teach gymnastics to adults, play games and I’m a stand up comic – it all keeps me very busy.
How do you manage work-life balance?
What’s fortunate for me is that in my role I have to stand up and keep people engaged, a lot of what I do outside of my role at Squiz involves doing exactly the same. It’s easy to manage your time right when you enjoy what you’re doing.
What’s your biggest achievement to date – standing up in front of people, lifting weights, telling jokes?
Doing all that at the same time. No I would say my biggest achievement was making it all the way to the semi final in a comedy competition. It took a lot of work and I’m very proud.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Be vulnerable and speak your truth.
What’s your favourite book?
Right now I’m really enjoying reading: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.D Dubois
What’s your favourite movie?
My favourite film is the original Matrix - the first one was great.
What’s your favourite game?
That’s a difficult question to answer
OK, what’s your favourite game on:
- N64? Zelda Ocarina of Time
- Snes? Final Fantasy 6
- Game Cube? Metroid Prime
- PC? World of Warcraft
- Mobile? Pathfinder card game as in real life I like to play Dungeons and Dragons, I’m a bit of a nerd.
- All time? Final Fantasy 14. I was disenfranchised after 13 but they’ve done a really good job on this one.