Bernie Brocklehurst | Analyste/développeur en TI

Bernie Brocklehurst

IT Analyst/Developer

NOVA Chemicals

Sector: Information Technology

Born: NL

Location: ON

Education: College/Technical

Type: Career Profile

Subjects:

Computer Science, Math, Technology & Engineering

Computer Programming, Computer Software, Computers, Information Technology

Bernie Brocklehurst | Analyste/développeur en TI
Bernie BrocklehurstIT Analyst/Developer
I am motivated by

Solving complex problems is what gets me most excited at work. I love that I get to work with business experts, visionaries and dreamers. These are the people who actually drive for something better or something more. This results in the most interesting work as I actually am given the opportunity to find out what the problem is that they're trying to solve. What makes the job personally rewarding, and such a great fit, is that the problems are never the same. This means I’m learning new stuff all the time and challenging myself.

I am motivated by
My career path is

I became interested in computers and computer programming when my older brother brought home a TRS-80 - I was seven. In high school, with a fellow student, I started an internet service company. I was 17 when we incorporated in 1994 and we were providing commercial internet service by January of 1995. I ran this business for 21 years. My enrichment teacher in elementary school probably had the greatest influence in my career and my fascination with/love of mathematics.

My career path is
My advice to others

Focus on learning how to think and not what to think. Don't always look for the easy answers. Learning why something works is just as important as learning why something doesn't!

My advice to others
How I affect people's livesI provide solutions that enable the rest of the business to focus on value-added tasks. This is done by reducing manual work, automating decision making and ensuring the latest and most relevant data is available and accessible. What makes my career fulfilling is being able to solve real-world problems with new solutions. I have the added benefit of reducing manual entry and improving the work experience of my co-workers.
How I affect people's lives
Outside of work I

Outside of work, I like to travel, work on home automation, cast formed concrete (counter tops, tables, bowls) as a hobby. I have sat on volunteer boards, been involved with a number of charitable activities. I develop/operate online auction sites for a number of United Way auctions in Ontario and Alberta.

Outside of work I
What I do at work

During the day, I'm either researching new technologies, analyzing problems, developing strategies or actually writing code. Critical thinking, mathematics and logical problem solving are the main skills that are required in my work. Logical problem solving and logical solution design are the biggest parts of my work. I use these when I’m looking at long term strategy, individual problems, project planning or solving critical issues. I am often involved in teamwork with project managers and other analysts and developers. I have many opportunities to take on the discovery, design and implementation of major initiatives.

What I do at work
About me

I was born/grew up in: St. John's, Newfoundland but from the age of 4, raised in Sarnia, Ontario

I now live in: Sarnia, Ontario

I completed my training/education at:Lambton College, Systems Analyst/Developer

About me

When I was

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Computer Science
  • Math
  • Technology
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Liked helping people
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Was motivated by success
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Didn't really care about grades
  • Always knew what I wanted to do
  • Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
  • Liked to design or build things
  • Learned Best by Doing

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