25 March 2010

Hi. My name is Nicholas Soper. I am a surfer (water baby), lifelong learner and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

Professional Profile

I’ve been a factory worker, barman, student, designer, web developer, strategist, manager and business owner. So instead of maintaining multiple sets of professional profiles my work history is available on LinkedIn. If you can’t see my LinkedIn Profile because we are not connected, please send me a message through this website’s contact page or connect on twitter¬†(I don’t tend to accept LinkedIn invitations from people I¬†don’t know). You can visit my LinkedIn profile with this link: Visit my LinkedIn Profile.

Personal background

As an unwilling captive often referred to as ‘childhood’, my parents, and by association I, moved around a lot. Growing up I was given the unique perspective to have lived in England, Kenya, America, South Africa and Cyprus, all before I left home.

The day after I finished my last A-Level exam (A-Levels are the final high school exams in the UK), ¬†I started working nights in factories (12 hours a night, 6 days a week) to save money to do a ‘gap year’. This was not a traditional gap year, it wasn’t volunteer travel, it was a surf trip that was full of epic adventures and tremendous personal growth. Along the way I passed through L.A, Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, South Africa and Kenya. I started the trip as an 18 year old school leaver and came back smarter, more independent and a much better surfer. I would recommend traveling and following your dream before and after university, if you can. I would also recommend working in factories for long hours, at nights as it provides unparalleled perspective into the lives of individuals who don’t have the luxury of choice.

At university I studied Engineering foundation course at The University of Plymouth for a year, before switching to what was know then as Media Lab Arts¬†(now Digital Art and Technology). At the time is¬†was¬†cited as one of the UK’s top digital/design course by Computer Arts Magazine. I also was treasurer of the surf club for 2 years helping to organise surf trips, socials and the clubs finances. I also worked in a cocktail bar.

I am lucky enough to hold a permanent residency permit for South Africa. This is how I am able to choose to live and work in the wonderful city of Cape Town.

In a world where profiles are locked behind registration screens and privacy settings, questionable data ownership and copyright theft, I thought I’d share 2c about me. Perhaps it will start¬†a conversation, or perhaps not. My social profile links are on the little icons if you’re into that sort of thing.