Meet the people working behind the scenes at Aotea Global, please meet IT Associate: Sam Colin Burke.
Q. TELL US WHERE YOU WERE BORN, WHERE YOU GREW UP AND A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR EARLY LIFE?
I was born in Devon, England, but moved to New Zealand with my family at the age of ten. I attended primary school in Devon and I remember when I was six years old I would take an evening walk only to go feed a donkey with carrots. I studied my secondary education in New Zealand. My favourite subject in secondary school was Sea Sports, a two-year course of nautical activities including swimming, sailing, fishing, snorkelling and diving; I received my PADI Open Water Divers’ license from this course.
Q.TELL US ABOUT YOUR TIME AT UNIVERSITY OR WORK YOU HAVE DONE?
I started my first job at the age of 16 and did different kind of jobs like a petrol station attendant for two years and I underwent training and received my First Aid Certificate from that position. Afterwards, I joined the hospitality industry and became a barman in a local pub on Waiheke Island. Through that position I was trained for, and received, my New Zealand Bar Manager’s Certificate. Through all those different positions I have worked with computers and have learnt to do duty rosters, stock management and timesheets.
Q.HAVE YOU TRAVELLED MUCH? WHERE HAVE YOU VISITED AND HAVE YOU GOT AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT YOUR TRAVELS?
Throughout my life I have travelled around England, Wales, New Zealand, Spain and America, and recently Tanzania. I spent a lot of my time in New Zealand sailing around the Hauraki Gulf, seeing penguins, sharks and dolphins in the wild, visiting various islands like Kawau Island famous for wallabies, another was a rehabilitation site during the Second World War for alcoholics and several others labelled nature and fishery reserves.
Q.DESCRIBE THE WORK YOU DO WITHIN AOTEA GLOBAL AND WHY YOU JOINED?
Currently I am undergoing training in Agile, Computer Networking, Office applications and Electronic Engineering. I am also doing minor projects for Aotea’s VP Directors of Sales in the U.S and U.K. I joined Aotea Global Services which has a good working environment, to further my career and to experience working for and alongside people of different cultures and upbringings.
Q.IN YOUR OPINION WHAT MAKES AOTEA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COMPANIES?
I agree with Aotea’s idea that outsourcing is an unreliable and outdated method of supplying a workforce and that offshoring is superior and the best for the Customer Company, the supplying company and the staff. Having witnessed daily operations first hand, I can see the benefits of shared intelligence from the management to the staff, compliance with customer requests and an overall exudence of trust and friendliness in the workplace.
Q.DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTS OR HOBBIES OUTSIDE WORK?
I am interested in preparing spreadsheets in Excel and electronic engineering. I enjoy reading, walking, sailing and playing video games. My favourite pastime is listening to music. I’ve recently discovered an annual event called Games Done Quick (GDQ) where an online community of gamers, labelled, “Speed runners,” get together to stream themselves completing games, unexpectedly fast, using exploits in the games code, receiving donations from their viewers and sponsors which goes to charities such as the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Doctors Without Borders. GDQ inspires viewers to understand coding and protocols in games and how they can manipulate them.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE FUTURE AND WHO INSPIRES YOU?
My objective is to further my I.T career and to experience as much of the world as I can. I draw my inspiration from my dad who is hard working and dedicated to his dream.