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Neil Philip Craven

IT Explorer

Neil is a consultant at ThoughtWorks. As well as working in IT, he has been a fish farmer, bicycle repair man, security guard and rock'n'roll memorabilia salesman. He is currently based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he divides his time between BA, QA, IM and coaching roles on both local and off-shored projects. When he grows up he wants to be an Explorer.

The Interview

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

a facebook status. My friend was working in Sydney and posted that TW was hiring. I replied, did the selection process and six months (yes, it can take a while!) later I was on a plane to Australia.

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

I've been to Sydney, Melbourne, Delhi, Glasgow, London, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, rural Haiti, Boston, Charlotte... Everywhere, man!

The thing I love most about my work is

The people. Their commitment to doing great things - both technically and socially. I have learned a lot from my colleagues and I'm a very different person to the one who joined nearly 5 years ago.

The most interesting thing I've learned on the job is

actually nothing to do with the job. I have learned so much about equality, gender rights, social and economic justice, diversity and more!