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Introducing the next blog in our I Belong series where we give you a peek into what working at Admiral is like, meeting our fascinating and inspiring colleagues from around the Group. Meet Jake...  

Hi! My name’s Jake, I’m a non-binary person who goes by they/them pronouns. I’ve worked at Admiral for seven years and when I’m not busy with my head stuck in spreadsheets you might find me with my head stuck in a good book or painting miniatures.  

Tell us about your career?  

Like many at Admiral, I started my career in the contact centre back in 2015. It wasn’t a role I saw myself in long term and one day, during a training session, I spotted a potential bug within a system which led to me moving onto a project team to help field bug reports. This position was temporary but opened the opportunity to become an MI Analyst. I learnt a lot within this role and informed my next move to the land of robots. In 2017, I became an Automation Developer and have been there ever since, working on a wide variety of projects ranging from creating Excel toolkits to building Datacap solutions.  

Why you enjoy working at Admiral and what has kept you here? 

What I enjoy, and have always appreciated, about Admiral, is that its willing to listen to colleagues and act based off feedback. In my time here I've been given opportunities to express my talents and take appropriate risks. Generally, they've paid off and I appreciate being allowed to make the attempt. I’m an active member of the Ty Rainbow diversity and inclusion group and it’s been lovely to have a group of people all in a similar boat to connect with.  

How has Admiral supported you? 

I contend with depression and low self-esteem so at times I find the effort of coming into work a bit too much. Admiral has always been understanding and supportive of this, and I know that it’ll be supportive going forward. As a non-binary person, I may decide to medically transition in the future and I’m sure that I’ll be supported in those times too.  

What is your favourite thing about working here? 

Honestly it has to be the culture. My department has always made a big thing of events and team building which is really appreciated. When the days draw in, it certainly helps to know you have a good set of friends to work with and an employer that’s supportive.  

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