- to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner (a car careered off the road)
- a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling (a career in academia) (a career diplomat)
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed., 2003)
I suppose it could be said that my career has been a pretty good fit to all of Merriam-Webster’s definitions.
A Quick History
Since September 2012 I’ve been a post-grad’ student at Queen’s University, Kingston, first working on my Master’s (Godden, 2014), then my PhD.
From 2009 to 2012 I worked as an information technology consultant with Ed’ Fortin at Fortin Consulting, Perth, Ontario. Supplying information technology support, project management and consultancy for businesses and local government services, such as local legal practices, real estate, healthcare providers, the Corporation of the Town of Perth, Perth Police and Fire Services, Water Plant and public amenities such as the Perth Arena, swimming pool and museum.
Back in the UK, I operated an IT consultancy and lecturered on professional technology courses such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate programme, Organisational Systems Security, Software Installation and Strategic IT use by Businesses.
From September 2003 to June 2004 I completed my Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the Anglia Polytechnic University, which qualifies me to teach across the age ranges of UK and Canadian secondary/highschools, post-compulsory and Higher Education.
College Lecturing in the UK
In September of 2007 I began an entirely new set of challenges, lecturing on a variety of information technology and business courses at Suffolk College, Ipswich. Initially these included units such as Web Development, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) programme, End-User Support and key skills in information technology.
Highschool Teaching and Head of an Academic Department
In my first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at The Rickstones School and College, Witham in Essex, I was course leader for level 3, Advanced Vocational (AVCE) courses in ICT, and taught on level 3 business studies and general studies courses for 16-year olds and above.
I also taught on level 2 GCSE courses for 14 to 16 year olds and was a pastoral (form) tutor for a group of newly-started, 11-year old students.
A few months into my NQT year, I was offered the post of Head of the Information and Communication Technology department for both the secondary school and sixth form college. This was an exciting opportunity, during which the school was successfully inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (OfStEd) and I helped introduce a number of new strategic initiatives.
Before Teaching—Local Government
I worked for local government at the London Borough of Brent for almost seven years. Employed at first as a network support engineer and administrator, rising to 3rd Line Support Consultant. Responsible for project planning, implementation, support and resource management, user and basic to advanced level technical documentation, technical support and senior network administration (including management of secure remote access to the corporate Wide Area Network).
Before Local Government—Safari Park Ranger and Zoologist
From 1986 to late 1992, I worked at Windsor Safari Park as part of a team responsible for drive-through carnivore reserves.
It was, I think, a spectacularly humbling, thrilling and invigorating experience. A period that I look back upon with great nostalgia.
Our team managed the reserves for: Indian tiger (Panthera tigris), African lion (Panthera leo), Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Canadian timber wolves (Canis lupus ssp.), European brown bear (Ursus arctos), American black bear (Ursus americanus), Asiatic black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus) and a large troop (>70) of Hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas).
I trained with a range of firearms (including .308 and . 458 rifles and .44 magnum pistol), and chemical immobilization equipment; I played a key role in developing systems of environmental enrichment for all species, and assisted with a number of internally funded scientific research projects, with the constant aim of improving animal husbandry.
Behavioural observations of captive African lions
(Panthera leo). (February, 1987-May, 1990).
Behavioural observations of captive Siberian tigers
(Panthera tigris altaica). (July, 1986-May, 1990).
Diel activity patterns of captive European brown bears
(Ursus arctos arctos). (August, 1986-February, 1990).
Diel activity patterns of captive Asiatic black bears
(Selenarctos thibetanus). (January, 1987-January, 1990).
Behavioural observations of captive Canadian grey wolves
(Canis lupus ssp.). (June, 1986-May, 1989).
Internally funded: Windsor Safari Park Ltd.,
Windsor, Berkshire, UK.
After a few years as an animal keeper in various UK collections, including a brief period at Colchester Zoo. I finally I began my degree in Biological Sciences (Zoology) at King’s College London.