A view from the top: Switchee

Find out why Switchee CEO Tom Robins believes technology can improve social housing

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We caught up with Tom, CEO of Switchee, to learn more about his work journey from paperboy to CEO.

What was it like finding your first job? 

My first job was a paper round, then a string of Saturday retail jobs, some factory work, I was a waiter at Butlins, then summer internships at Uni. All of those proved priceless in helping me stand out to get my first full-time job in a manufacturing consultancy. I believe that opportunities are all around us and that all experiences are valuable even if they aren’t directly related to your long term career goals. So every time I’ve put my hand up for a job opportunity it has helped me on my journey. 

What made you choose technology in social housing as a career? 

I’ve spent most of my career scaling technology businesses and, with time, I’ve moved more towards technology businesses that are impactful in what is now called ESG. I grew up around social housing and I have seen first hand the impact that a warm safe home can have on your quality of life. With Switchee we have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of everybody living in social housing, reduce our environmental impact and unlock the journey to decarbonisation. 

Why is it important for your business to hire great young people? 

I believe that young people are the lifeblood of a business. I was given a lot of opportunities as a young person and I have really relished them. I want to make sure I give more opportunities to those coming up in the early stage of their career to pass on the baton. Young people in a business bring enthusiasm and curiosity which make the whole business step up and raise their game. Fresh eyes, brains and challenges keep our ideas fresh and our work rewarding. 

What's the best way to impress you in an interview? 

1. Do your research - At least visit our website and LinkedIn, perhaps watch a video or listen to a podcast. If you don’t quite understand any part of what we do then don’t be afraid to ask.

2. Be enthusiastic - It doesn’t really matter about what either, just bring some passion about what you enjoy. If you are enthusiastic about something then we can see how we can find a home for your drive. 

3. Bring questions - It doesn’t matter what, just show your curiosity and ask me anything.

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