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Typical 24: Adrian Schofield, Manager: Applied Research, Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University, South Africa

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adrian-schofield Name: Adrian Schofield

Job title: Manager: Applied Research

Company: Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University

Location: South Africa, Johannesburg

Years’ experience: 6 in this job, 50 in total


What time do you reach the office each day?

Is your job varied?
Yes – different projects, different tasks

Is your job creative?
Yes – centred on the writing of research reports, opinion pieces and articles

What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
Research and writing

Do you personalise your desk?
Yes – mainly with my own coffee machine, digital photo frame and souvenirs.

Would you describe yourself as creative?
Reasonably so, leaning towards analytical

Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Early morning soup, then Choc Chip Cookies before coffee

Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
Mostly alone but not averse to colleagues

How many hours on average do you work a day?

Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email?
One to two hours
Taking calls?
30 minutes
In meetings?
Varies from none to four hours

Do you use social media much for work?
Yes – for tracking news and contacts (and some friends…)

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Variety of topics, use of technology, interesting people.

What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?

What do you do for lunch?
Usually a snack at my desk, occasionally out for a meal.

Do you socialise with work colleagues?
Generally, no. Largely because we live in different areas.

Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
Only the boring ones, like bookkeeping

What is your last task of your day?
Switch off the technology and the coffee machine, lock the door.

How do you like to relax after work?
Sometimes a drink with friends, usually supper at home, a little TV, reading.

Do you keep checking email through the evening?
No. Absolutely NOT.

Do you take work projects home with you?
No. Well, maybe in my head. I draft articles and speeches in the early hours and then try to remember the good bits when I get to work.

What would you say to your 2018-year old self?
The next 50 years will go very quickly, too quickly. Enjoy everything.

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
Airline pilot

What device did you use to answer these questions?
Laptop (while at work)

Do you use your own personal device for work?
Smartphone & tablet, yes.


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