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Case Study: George Morriss

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Personal details
Degree:Geography Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Geosciences
Year of Graduation:Jun-2013
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Cloudreach
Job title: Tech Recruitment
Occupational Sector: Technical Specialist
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After graduation, I bought a one-way ticket to The Netherlands to go full-time on a startup idea I'd been working on in fourth year. I plugged into the tech scene there and although the business didn't go all Snapchat, I was subsequently hired to analyse and evaluate other high-potential technology startups for VC funding. In November 2013 I was connected to Cloudreach, a Google and AWS-partnered consultancy who migrate some of the world's top companies to cloud-based infrastructure, as well as building apps on cloud platforms. There I shifted my niche, from recruiting/selecting companies for venture capital, to selecting and finding Europe's top engineers for our team as we grow globally.
What does your job involve ?
The bread and butter of my day-to-day is interviewing systems architects and engineers, looking for a technical, business and cultural-fit. I'm mainly looking at advanced knowledge of Linux systems, excellent scripting skills and a very strong, holistic awareness of the externalities which affect not only a consulting engineer but also the technology space as a whole.
What are the best bits of your job ?
The best part of my job is working in a company where I can travel/work remotely and work with bright people in a super high-growth environment.
Why were you successful?
The main thing was chasing an area of industry I enjoyed and then totally immersing myself in it. It's also really important to work out your unique value added, and then be able to effectively pitch yourself to a business- mainly this is about how you frame or position that unique value you bring to the table.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Always being conscious of externalities which impact market processes and being clued-up technically even if you're not an engineer.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Hours can be long but you're growing the next top technology company so it's all good.