I’m Mike, I grew up in Cheshire and escaped to Wales in 2009 to study at Bangor University, and I’ve lived in the area ever since. It’s a beautiful place to be, and I enjoy taking walks, watching movies at the cinema and writing about them, listening to music and making my own mix-tapes. I have a passion for gadgets and tech and am normally never found too far away from an iPad! Friends will tell you I always wear odd socks and frequently question my taste in cars.
When studying, pursue the subjects you are passionate about and see where that takes you. You’ll be more motivated and more likely to find satisfaction in the career opportunities that open up to you. Also, when you’re young, you have so much free time and the Internet provides so many opportunities for learning and collaboration that previous generations could only dream of. Consider using your spare time to start up a side-hustle online to fulfil a perceived need, and who knows, if you do it right you could end up starting your own business!
Knowing where to find solutions to problems you don’t know how to solve is just as important, if not more important, than inherently knowing everything there is to know about a given topic. A lot of problems you encounter in tech are complex, stumping even the most experienced developers, and there’s a good chance that someone, somewhere out there will have already figured it out. There’s nothing wrong with building on someone else’s good ideas. The important thing is having a good grasp of the problem, making the best of the resources at your disposal and being able to work well with your team.
Trust Payments is a company full of knowledgeable people who are passionate about delivering great products and services. It’s a collaborative environment that encourages solving problems through teamwork and supporting each other to reach our full potential.
I’ve recently come to learn how it important it is to put yourself first. While I can’t stress enough how valuable it is to have an understanding network of friends and family to support me, sometimes I need to disconnect from the world to recharge, and there’s nothing wrong with doing that. This is a long-winded way of saying that I’ll have a big pizza and watch YouTube!
Someone who can play piano while talking or singing at the same time. I used to play piano growing up and I don’t think people realise how much work musicians put into getting so good at what they do. Being a great pianist is a feat in itself but being able to sing too is amazing.
I’m Kevin O’Connell. I’m from Ireland and am based in Dublin. I’m Chief Product Officer at Trust Payments so my team and I define and help develop the commerce products and services we offer to our clients. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and our five boys doing fun things – sport, travel, eating out all the usual stuff.I run and cycle to keep physically active.Aside from the pay cheque what motivates me is interacting with great people, solving problems and constantly learning in the increasingly tech-driven world we live in today.
My father was quite ill as a young man before I was born and again later in life when I was a teenager. He always used to comment how health was everything and being in good health was something to be really thankful for and never taken for granted – that mindset has stayed with me – I believe if you have good health everything else will be fine.
Itcan be a long road and winding road; you may do quite a few different roles in your career (for example initially focussed on technology then perhaps sales and thenmanagement) so take your time to figure out what you are good at and keep learning and adapting. Above all else try to find something you enjoy doing that creates value – it makes getting out of bed in the morning that bit easier!If possible do gain experience in both a large corporation and smaller ones or start-ups – blending the mindset and approach of both these environments has really helped me in my career.
What exactly goes on behind the scenes in the 300 or so milliseconds from the time you decide to use your payment card (or its digital representation on your Smartphone) either in-store or onlineto the response coming back in terms of security, telecommunications, databases, AI and so on–we’ve never had it so good!
I continue to be fascinated with technology past, present and future. Steve Jobs was an amazing person who achieved so much in business, technology and product design – so to step into his shoes during the early days of Applein Silicon Valley when he was teamed up with Steve Wozniak would be incredible. To think the iPhone-era would follow decades later in just incredible.
A friend of mine, Aidan McCullen,is an author and innovation guru who hosts theinnovationshow.io where he interviews authors about their works to share their wisdom and empower new thinking around innovation. It’s highly recommended especially if you are time poor and don’t have the time to read as much as you would like to.
I’m Matteo and I’m part of the growing group of people at Trust that are from Italy. My passions are travelling and exploring new places around the world. They gave me the opportunity to visit and live in several countries around the globe and, after a few years spent here and there in Europe and in the US, I’ve now moved to London.
People who know me say I’m a very energetic and competitive person who loves all types of sports, in particular skiing, tennis and wakeboarding. Also, since my childhood, I’ve always been a big petrolhead and F1 enthusiast who can’t miss a race for any reason. When I’m not watching or practicing sports, I love spending time strolling around (London is perfect for that) and enjoying good food at ethnic restaurants.
Invest in yourself. Whether it’s for your personal development, your career, or just for your passions, investing your time and energy to improve yourself gives you the best return on investments by increasing your confidence, self-esteem and expertise.
Never settle and never stop improving yourself (it’s also a very good advice I received in life). Same as for a business, the only way to become successful is to never stop improving and evolving, but always work towards the next goal.
How complex the payments industry is. It’s always fascinating seeing people’s reactions when you tell them about your job and explain how many people, businesses and processes are involved in something that – from an outside prospective, it looks very simple.
Since my first day at Trust, I had the opportunity to be part of a team that had an active part of the evolution and growth of the business which translated in an incredible occasion to grow both professionally and personally.
Days off are a great way to recharge your batteries! I tend to spend my days off outside, either by doing some activities or simply relaxing and catching up with my friends. When possible, I also like to fly back home to spend time with my family and my lovely dog.
I don’t have a particular person I’d like to be, but if I had to choose, I would be either a top executive in a big company to see how their day is organised and how they can cope with all the workload, or I would be a professional sports player to have the opportunity to see how much effort and sacrifices it requires to be one of the best athletes in the world.
I’ve always been fascinated by the cosmos and the universe and I recently had the opportunity to read some books about how our universe is made and how everything is (not) linked to the quantum world. For someone who also like these kinds of topics, I think “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene is an amazing book to start. Otherwise, for something more light and nerdy, I can definitely suggest “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. There’s also the movie adaptation, but I can’t say it was as good as the book.
My name is Pathmaka Galappaththi and working as a senior software engineer at Trust Payments based in Sri Lanka. I chose the line of being a Software Engineer because it is one of the fastest-growing career paths. I always love coding and exploring new technologies. In my spare time love to do long walks, gaming, music, and cricket.
I’m Ien (lots of people call me Len), based in London. I am a new father to a 2 month old baby girl, so my hobbies include waking up at all times in the night for nappy changes, long walks in the park with more nappy changes and hopefully have some time left for rugby on a Saturday afternoon.
Hi, I’m Hamid from Harrogate – I’m 31 and live with my fiancée Jemma.
I came to the UK with my mum, fleeing a civil war in 1994. Growing up as a Quasi-1st generation in a new country, there were many cultural differences to deal with. I was going to school in a Western setting, in 90’s Yorkshire, but coming home to a quite traditional West African home environment. My main motivation is always to build a decent life. I’ve never desired luxury, though nobody would turn down a lottery win!
When I was growing up, I was in multiple gifted programs, I lived constantly under pressure to be brilliant at such a young age. Finding out the world wouldn’t implode if I wasn’t amazing, was maybe one of the most freeing realisations!
Prioritise one thing, give yourself time, and commit. Nobody ever dreamt of employment, but it’s a means to take you to all the amazing places and let you do the wild things you did dream of.
Dedication should always lead to an outcome you’re happy with. Don’t waste your time chasing someone else’s passion unless it leads to yours.
Don’t “gender” your opinions, there are many ways to get things done, and everyone employs them. One behaviour isn’t fine for one group and faux pas for another. They’re either a pleasant person, or they’re not.
There are many teams involved in making payments seem seamless.
You go into a shop, tap your card and take your product, but the background of all that is KYC, verifications, bank statements, credit checks, transaction histories, PCI compliance, Gateway setup, Acquiring Banks etc. Just to get to a point where you tap, the machine beeps, and off you go.
For a very long time, I was working incessantly, and I wasn’t having experiences, because my view was that there would always be a “future” for that.
Now, I put a lot of effort into having fun when I don’t need to work. I love the cinema, watching rugby, just going for a drive. I’ll also do pointless tasks just to challenge myself, like riding my bike as far as I can, and then when I’m truly knackered, I know I have to ride it all the way back. There no better way to get through the mental wall.
In my generation there’s such a drive to have a side-hustle or constantly be making money. If I might be hit by a bus tomorrow, I’d rather be in a cinema, restaurant, or up a mountain today! I love to be outside so much, just tottering about even achieving nothing at all.
Jeff Bezos – I’m an idealist. I would funnel money into community projects and create a foundation whose key directive is to end poverty in developed nations.
We don’t need to go to space, when we have vast swathes of uninhabited land which could house renewable energy projects with the scale to remove our dependence on fossil fuels in under 10 years.
Our effect on the environment is seen with a sort of “well, I won’t be around when the sky is burning” attitude, and I can’t get my head around that.
Single people holding the personal wealth of small nations is crazy and unnecessary. If they’re not going to put that wealth to real, ground-up objectives, then take your money, step aside, and let someone else try.
Anything by Quentin Tarantino is a must, I’d recommend Inglorious or The Hateful Eight. many people like to tell a story backward, but only Tarantino can tell it from 5 different viewpoints and 3 different directions, while still preserving the surprise at the end.
Everyone should read “101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, by Brianna Wiest. There WILL be something in there which speaks to you.
The book inspires you to be more introspective and mindful.
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