An interview with Jason McSweeney
At This is Milk we're all about upskilling and reskilling and our recent intern, Jason, was the perfect fit. Whilst running his own Thai boxing gym, Jason started studying UX and design in his spare time. He soon became passionate about UX - so much so that he recently shut his gym to retrain as a UX designer. We asked him about his journey up to this point, how the pandemic has affected his career, and the benefits of starting afresh at 40.
Tell us about your journey up to this point.
I moved from Ireland to Scotland 15 years ago to work as an admin manager for JD Gyms. This was followed by stints in Glasgow and London as a Sales Rep for Coca Cola and Vitamin Water. While I was doing this, I also started working as a personal trainer and running a Thai boxing gym. Redundancy gave me the opportunity to focus on the gym full time, which I ended up running for 10 years.
How did you end up in the world of UX design?
While I was running my gym, I started to take an interest in graphic design. I was hiring people to do promotions, social media and advertising. I’ve always had a creative side and realised that it would be much quicker if I learned those skills myself!
You've all heard of the carbon footprint, but what about the digital carbon footprint? The digital carbon footprint is all the emissions generated by online activity via digital technologies.
It may not be something you've considered much before, but there are small things you can do that will have a big impact on reducing our collective digital carbon footprint.
Let’s talk about it: the internet pollutes the environment.
The internet uses a lot of energy. Any digital activity, such as searching and browsing the internet, sending an email or uploading images generates CO2 emissions. The cloud also has a big part to play in this. The data we store in the cloud is materialised in data centres and vast servers. These centres and servers need huge amounts of energy to run and to support the internet.