Joel joined The Final Step in September 2014. Originally from Portugal he came over in 2012 and did various jobs before deciding to make a career in IT.
TWO MINUTE INTERVIEW
What job would you do if not IT?
I probably would have gone to university to study something related to sports. I like the strategy and tactics of all sorts of games so may have gone into coaching.
What are your favourite pastimes?
I like playing and watching football. I do both most weeks. I am left-footed and play midfield, but am much more interested in attacking than defending. I like to go forward. I also like playing and watching poker. Online poker is a bit dull for me as I prefer to meet people and make it social. I do play with friends sometimes but I also go to casinos and tournaments. I limit how much I can lose and am fascinated by the psychological and physical challenge. I have qualified for prize rounds, but as yet not won any tournament prizes.
Likes and dislikes
Cherry flavoured sweets. Arsenal and Benfica are my teams. I like to see them live as often as I can. I am also partial to a summer music festival, ideally somewhere hot, with a beach. I am not crazy about the London weather and I find most news channels annoying.
Settling in a foreign country with a new career.
Not wanting to leave my grandparents’ house and locking myself in a room in their house. I was lured out by the offer of Power Rangers on the telly. Needless to say it wasn’t on!