Neal Markham

Current age: 27
 
Where are you currently situated on the planet: Still in Jozi, South Africa
 
Last time we spoke with you, you were in Johannesburg, South Africa working with some really big Diggers…fill us in on what has happened since:
 
Well… I’m glad you asked. Since working with the big diggers I’ve moved into managing a market segment into which all the machines are sold, so not only diggers (actually officially known as Track Type Tractors). It’s based in the Marketing Department which allows some creative thinking but the work is focused on drawing conclusions from various data sources about where we should be pointing the ship in this segment.

Your career has progressed, would you say that is went according to plan or you just went with the flow…was there any surprises on the way:
 
At the moment I’m going with the flow. Saying that though you always need to have a plan, and currently I’m working towards that, so this is a means to get to the plan.
 
Since we last spoke to you has there been any major or career highlights which has happened:
 
Some interesting training, travelling around Southern Africa, a job change on the horizon and new challenges. (FirstStep.me says: Awesome!)
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time and what will you being doing during time to get there:
 
5 years time… eish that’s far away. 5 years time I will be overseas experiencing life on another continent. Life is too short to get stuck in one job, and I’m all for exploring the world, travelling and broadening one’s horizon.
 
What’s the plan for 2010, are you going to rock the boat and have a big year:
 
2010 I’m rocking the football boat. The single biggest sporting event is coming to South Africa and this is certainly a once in a lifetime experience. I’m going all out to support the boys and won’t miss a match during the month of madness from the 11th of June to the 11th of July. Halala World Cup, halala! (FirstStep.me: Raises eyebrows and wonders)
 
Okay as always serious questions take too much time…so let’s throw in some cool and chilled out ones:
 
How many countries have you travelled through in the last 5 years: 4
 
What is your favourite movie, website and book: The Darjeeling Limited, www.likecool.com, Shantaram
 
If you could live on and have your very own planet what would you name it: Mine.
 
Do you have any role models past and present who inspire you: Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela
 
What message do you have for the youth of the world: Work hard, try your best but most of all have fun, seriously, you don’t want to be an old geyser and look back on your youth (best time of your life) and admit you were a boring sod!