Brian Scott

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job?

I’m cur­rently be­tween pro­fes­sional en­gage­ments. Up un­til about this time last year I was a com­puter net­work­ing teacher at Al­bury TAFE. They were down­siz­ing our depart­ment and I was of­fered a re­dun­dancy. I am cur­rently work­ing as free­lance in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sup­port. I have a small client base in the lo­cal area. I have also been in­volved in Alpine Tim­ing, an events tim­ing com­pany Michal Trnka has set up.

Is it some­thing you al­ways wanted to do?

At school there was no IT but I used to bor­row peo­ple’s pro­gram­mable cal­cu­la­tors so I could fake re­sults for physics and chem­istry pracs at school. I was fas­ci­nated by the whole busi­ness of pro­gram­ming and what you could do with it. I was a coun­try kid from Swan Hill and af­ter school I headed down to the city to find out more about these things. I went to Monash Univer­sity and did a com­puter sci­ence de­gree.

I got a job with Tele­com, as it was then, work­ing on com­puter-con­trolled tele­phone ex­changes. We were work­ing with the pre­cur­sor to the sys­tem we have now. I was work­ing on trunk ex­changes for long-dis­tance and gate­way to in­ter­na­tional calls.

I was work­ing with pa­per tape and punch cards and other tech­nol­ogy which was meant to be ob­so­lete.

I find it in­ter­est­ing to re­flect that I got into IT fairly early, and my teach­ers had learned from some of the pioneers of the busi­ness. So I was only about sec­ond or third gen­er­a­tion.

Tele­com be­came Tel­stra and I worked for them for 17 years, and then con­tracted back to them for a few years more.

\My job was writ­ing pro­grams and supporting the peo­ple who used them: look­ing af­ter the soft­ware and mak­ing sure that all the fa­cil­i­ties could run the pro­grams and do what peo­ple wanted. It’s like run­ning the en­gine room. I have spent all my work­ing life keep­ing up to date with de­vel­op­ments in tech­nol­ogy. I worked a long time for the same com­pany but in fact I’ve worked in lots of dif­fer­ent ar­eas of IT.

How do you come to be in the val­ley?

My wife Jenny is a keen skier and we hol­i­dayed up here from the late 1980s. We built a house and she moved up here and I fol­lowed as soon as I got the job at Al­bury TAFE.

What do you love about your roles?

I just love sit­ting down and writ­ing pro­grams. It’s just like other peo­ple sit­ting down with a puz­zle. I make it a hobby by learn­ing more about ar­eas I don’t know much about.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am a mo­tor­cy­clist and I have re­cently started to ride a push-bike. I ski in win­ter – mostly down­hill, and I re­ally en­joy get­ting away and do­ing some off-piste stuff.

KIEWA VAL­LEY

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