Iceland – Answers From A Foreign IT Director

Iceland-JapanEven though Iceland’s economy is in dire straits and the outlook remains uncertain, CCP games is one company that continues to do well.

Jon Mayes is IT Director of CCP Games – the Icelandic Developer & Publisher of EVE Online, a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.

Jon moved to Reykjavik from Tokyo in September, 2007. (He and I were IT colleagues in Japan.)

I emailed Jon some questions about life and work in Iceland a few weeks ago, and here’s what he had to say:


Will Your IT Career Survive and Thrive In 2009?

This post’s for UK-based Information Technology employees worried about losing their jobs but nonetheless determined to survive and thrive – and is a follow-up to my post on ‘career support for IT professionals’.

Having just talked Friday night with an IT career coach back in the Sceptred Isle, here’s a 1st draft outline of what we’d like to cover in a series of teleseminars:


There’d be no charge for attending the call – and if you use Skype-Out (or some other Net Phone service) then it would cost ‘nought’.

As we’re both career coaches, the calls would include time for ‘laser coaching’, Q&A time and some followup exercises and ideas for you to test and implement.

The call-to-action will be simple:
Sign up for the call and you’ll also get the mp3 to download after.

2 Questions for you:

1 – Should we cover all topics above in a single call (60 – 90 minutes) or deliver as separate calls?

2 – Any other ‘must-do’ topics?

– Mark McClure

PS – If you’re outside of the UK, you’ll still be welcome to attend but the initial focus will be on the UK market, warm beer, cheese and onion crisps etc 😉