Get to know
Tommy Monahan

QA Engineer, ABI
Published: January 11, 2023

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Get to know Tommy Monahan, QA Engineer, ABI,  Allstate Northern Ireland.

Where has been your favorite travel destination and why?

TM: My favourite travel destination by far would have to be France. The climate is great and there's so many different things to see and do, whether it be surfing, skiing, hiking, or drinking wine! Not to mention the culture and food. I speak French too which I'm always able to put to good use when I'm on holiday there.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

TM: I'm not sure about hidden talents… I'm trilingual though which always surprises people. As for hobbies, I'm part of a group called UK-German Connection which organises opportunities for young people in the UK and Germany to travel and share their respective cultures which is really fun! I've also taken up things like paddleboarding and martial arts in the past, but I'm terrible at committing to hobbies long-term.

What show are you currently binge-watching?

TM: At the minute, I'm obsessed with Better Call Saul — the only thing is Netflix only release a new episode once a week. I recently started watching Suits as well, which I'm loving so far.

What's your idea of a perfect day?

TM: My best days are always spent in Donegal, either at the beach or up in the mountains. My friends and I often go hiking and it's a great way to disconnect from the real world for a while so you can relax and clear your head a little — even better if it's followed by a tasty meal afterwards.

What skill would you most like to learn?

TM: I would love to learn Sign Language — I've taught myself a bit using YouTube but I'd really like to sign-up to a class to learn properly.

What's your most-used productivity hack?

TM: I have lists for absolutely everything! I also use Notion and Google Calendar to keep myself organised.

What piece of advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your career?

TM: Although I'm still at quite an early point in my career, my advice so far would be to take every opportunity that comes your way, and to always ask questions if you're unsure about something.