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Meet Simeon

Next in our series of Lookahead profiles, we find out all about Simeon, who has been a techie for a long time, but a musician for even longer!

What do you do at Lookahead and how long have you been working with us?

I’m one of the many post-technical technical recruiters at Lookahead. I work with developers at all stages of their careers, and help connect them with great companies. It’s been nearly a year and a half since I joined the Lookahead team.

What’s your background? Where were you in the tech industry before joining Lookahead?

I’ve worked in tech for many many years. I did a Comp Sci degree, and went straight into development after that, working on inhouse software for superannuation companies. I moved into web development, and spent many years in agency land, including a couple where I was running my own agency.

What do you like about Lookahead?

I think it is the best team of people I have ever worked with – we all come from different backgrounds, and have different ways of approaching our work, but everyone is very open to sharing ideas and we learn a lot from each other.

It’s also very satisfying to help people in a meaningful way. It’s a real buzz when someone gets a job they really want!

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about music, from going to gigs (not that that’s happening at the moment!), performing myself, or just jamming with friends. I’ve been playing cello since I was about five years’ old, doing everything from classical to rock. I recently finished recording a new album with my band Hinterlandt – it’ll be released in the next few months.

What was the last book you read or podcast you listened to?

Last podcast was an episode of Punch Up The Jam, where two comedians analyse a song, and then at the end of the show they attempt to create their own “better” version. The particular episode was looking at Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know” – it’s worth listening to just to hear the ridiculous bass parts Flea played on that song.

The most unusual item in your office?

That would be my collection of vintage Star Wars figures. Some of them are from my childhood, others I’ve bought more recently. They had sort of taken over my entire desk, so when I recently started working from home I had to do some serious re-arranging.

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The Force is strong with this desk

Guilty Pleasure?

Really cheap frozen garlic bread. I’ll be eating beautiful pasta and drinking great wine, and have no qualms at all about adding some dodgy garlic bread to the meal. Total comfort food!

What’s on your Bucket List?

There are plenty of travel destinations I’d love to go and see – Antarctica would be up the top of my wishlist. I’d also love to experience a total solar eclipse! There’s one visible from Sydney in 2028, so guess I’ll just have to be patient.