I don't know if I would call Social Media more personal than e-mail, but you do get to dig into my personality a little bit more.
Or you could always contact me face-to-face or at least voice-to-voice.
In 2008 I graduated from university and immediately started employment in the company that I had previously worked for as a summer student. I was hired as a Business Intelligence Officer. My role was not clearly defined which allowed it to evolve. I was educated in business, however, I had considerable experience in web development. The company was looking for some help in their software development department, but were also looking for some more business-minded employees. I started out wearing two hats, one in the business development arm of the company, and another in the IT arm. As time went on, I gravitated more and more towards being a tech guy, both out of company necessity as well as personal interest.
In the fall of 2009 I was looking for a new challenge. I wanted to expand my experiences, with a focus on sales. I looked for a part-time job in areas that I was already interested in such as photography. A few months previously I had taken a class in photography and had really enjoyed it, so I thought it would be a good fit. I was hired by a local photography store as a part-time sales associate. I worked around 10-20 hours a week during evenings and weekends, in addition to my regular full time job. As a sales associate I sold products ranging from a couple dollars to thousands of dollars. I provided support to customers, helping them choose photo-finishing solutions, learning how to use their camera's features, and general problem solving. I learned the importance and benefits of up-selling from both the business' point of view as well as the customers'. I only spent a year working as a sales associate but I gained valuable experience.
At my regular job, I was becoming more and more entrenched in the IT department. I started designing websites, developing web applications, and helping out where I could with server administration. In the summer of 2010 I enrolled in a computer science class, attempting to increase my knowledge in the area. I really enjoyed the class, and saw my role as an IT professional only becoming further entrenched. I enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. My programming skills developed at a rapid pace. I saw a huge increase in proficiency and efficiency. This allowed me to take a major role in server administration at my job. I developed and implemented backup procedures, installed a new mail server, and took an active role in administrating database, ftp, and webservers. Although I've gravitated towards software development and administration, I certainly still have a business focus, and constantly consider matters from a business and client perspective. I've developed business applications such as in-house web analytic tracking and custom built CRM tools.
I graduated from high school in 2004 and immediately moved to the big city and started attending the College of Commerce (later to be named the Edwards School Of Business) at the University of Saskatchewan. I was first attracted to the school because I wanted to run a business. I wanted to plan. I wanted to be the one to make important decisions. As I completed first year classes I realized that I was strong in fiscal planning. I chose to major in Finance. I learned about valuations, personal finance, present and future values, balance sheets, income statements and more. I also took a strong interest in marketing and entrepreneurship classes. I developed business plans, conducted market research, studied business cases, and produced marketing strategies. In 2008 I graduated with distinction from the Edwards School of Business.
As my job role became more and more focused on technology and programming I decided I needed to educate myself to be more effective. In the summer of 2010 I enrolled in Arts & Science at the University of Saskatchewan with the intentions on completing a degree in Computer Science. I took a variety of classes, but my focus was on software development. In many of the classes I have taken group projects have played a major role. Not only was I able to upgrade my group working expertise but also learn new programming techniques and styles from others. As of December of 2012 I completed my degree requirements for a B.Sc. and will officially convocate in the spring of 2013.
Volunteering for a worthy cause is beneficial to society as well as self-rewarding. I am a volunteer Big Brother through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Saskatoon. I've been mentoring since the spring of 2009. I'm now in my second match and have developed a relationship with a young man that I'm sure will last a lifetime. We spend approximately three hours a week together doing different activities like going to a movie, going to Blades games, playing mini-golf, or just hanging out. I know I've made a difference in my little's life and he's made a difference in mine. I would highly recommend Big Brothers and Big Sisters to anyone looking for a volunteer experience.
I've also spent time fund-raising for various causes. I've participated in several fund-raising events for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. During the Light the Night Walk campaign I was part of a team that fund-raised independently of one another. For Team In Training, I was required to fund-raise $2,800 and then run a marathon. The fund-raising was almost as hard (and rewarding) as the run. I raised money by hosting BBQs and beer nights, in addition to a letter writing campaign to friends and family. It was wonderful to see the generosity of others. I've also taken part of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life on multiple occasions. During one Relay For Life campaign I walked the for the entire event (7:00pm til ~6:00 am).
I believe very strongly in continually growing as a person. I will never stop learning, reflecting, and evolving. Luckily, in this world that we live in, we have endless opportunities to learn and develop.
I love to pick up little tidbits from all over the place. Whether it's a little fact that you heard from a friend, or it's a life lesson coming from my parents, I'm always on the look out for something new to learn. My future wife is always teaching me about cooking and food, biology, and helping me self-reflect. Using co-workers are also a great way to learn, often because of their different experiences and education. They will approach a subject from a different perspective presenting a valuable learning opportunity.
Technology has given us the opportunity to continuously learn from anywhere in the world at any time. Between Twitter and participating in other online communities there is a constant stream of new information from a variety of sources. I love listening to informative podcasts about technology, science, business, world news and more. If you want to learn more about any subject, there are literally thousands of resources available online.
Over the last few years, I've taken a do it yourself attitude to many things. One could argue that it's because I don't like to spend money, while I am fiscally conservative, it has much more to do with all the learning opportunities that are available. Even small things like this website, give me invaluable experience in web design. I've had to learn and practice different css techniques, jquery coding, Facebook API and more. I have also re-modeled my basement and kitchen, with the help of my father. I put in new flooring, removing wood paneling and replaced it with dry wall, and replaced cupboards. It looks great and I take more pride in a job well knowing that I learned a new skill.
Of course I've also immensely improved my knowledge, experience, and personality through education. I will share more of my formal and informal education in the experiences & education section.
I enjoy physical activity. As a child, teenager, and young adult I loved playing team sports. While hockey was my sport of choice, I also enjoyed basketball, baseball, soccer, slow-pitch, and volleyball. I enjoyed the comradery of a team, meeting new people, being competitive and the physical activity.
As I grew older, it became more and more difficult to fit team sports into a busy schedule. I started going to the gym regularly and enjoying morning yoga sessions at home. This activity, however, wasn't enough; I was missing the sense of accomplishment and the grueling physical and mental exhaustion that occurs during physically demanding sports.
In 2009, I decided to prepare for a bike trip that would take me from Saskatoon, to Fernie BC, passing into the United States, back up through Glacier National Park and back to Saskatoon. I spent one month training, which included biking 50 kms every day, rain or shine. It took 21 days and 2200 km to make the solo trip. I loved the whole journey, from the first day of planning, through training, until I reached my doorstep.
Having completed my bike trip, and enjoying it so much, I needed a new challenge. In 2010 I decided I would try to run a marathon under four hours. Why four hours? Well that's kind of the standard for amateur marathon runners. I thought that if I was going to run a marathon, I could also do some good for others while accomplishing my goal. I joined Team In Training, which is a fund-raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As I trained hard and harder, I knew I had a chance to break the four hour mark, however, I didn't want to put all of my eggs in one basket. I decided to give myself two opportunities to try and accomplish my goal. I signed up in both the Saskatchewan Marathon as well as the Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon. I ran sub four hours in both, while in the Saskatchewan Marathon running sub 3:30. I was very pleased with my accomplishments.
I'm still very active, biking every day to and from work (including in -30° temperatures), as well as getting to the gym or out for a jog a few times every week. It can be a little difficult to fit things into a busy schedule, completing a second degree, managing a career, and planning for a wedding, but I welcome the challenge. In the future I hope to challenge myself physically again.
I met Ashley while working with her at a summer job, during my years as a University student. We didn't spend a lot of time together immediately, but were definitely friends. After I graduated I returned to my former employer to work full-time. Ashley was still working there and our friendship grew for the next few years until I built up the gumption to ask her to be my girlfriend. We no longer work together, but we are closer than ever.
On July 19, 2012 I asked my beautiful best friend to take my hand in marriage whilst on side of a mountain in the mist of a waterfall. She obliged me with a "yes" and a kiss! Since then, we've been busy planning our wedding. Ashley gathers the ideas and I offer my opinions, sometimes too often for her liking.
The first addition to the family was our cat, Penelope. My brothers and I rescued her from the Saskatoon SPCA and the little kitten immediately stole our hearts. My brothers moved on, but I couldn't let my kitty go. Most who meet Penny don't like her. Unfortunately she doesn't care much for strangers. She would rather hiss at them than purr. There is a five second rule on the rare occasions that Pen lets a stranger pet her. If you pet her for any longer she will reach out with both paws, dig into you with her claws, and bite your hand. Penelope can be difficult but we still love her.
Murphy, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. We got Murphster shortly after Ashley and I moved in together. Murphy is cute and cuddly. As I write this he is curled up sleeping next to me on the couch. Murphy loves strangers, which sometimes makes it a chore to walk him. The physical act of walking is the enjoyable, but unfortunately Murphy knows he's cute. Strangers find it irresistible to avoid giving him attention when he trots up to them with his tail wagging.
It's always difficult to describe oneself. You want to be humble but don't want to understate important qualities. So I would like to simply state some terms that I hope others would associate with me.
If you aren't familiar with DISC, it is a personality test that give an indication of an individual's unique personality, much like Myers-Briggs personality tests. There are four personality factors that you are scored on: dominance (drive), inducement (influence), submission (steadiness), and compliance.
My disc profile indicates that I:
Knowing my personality and the personality of those that I interact with is very important. For instance, if you are trying to convince someone with low D values you may want to provide an abundance of information in order for them to be convinced. Someone who is a high D and high I may be rather confrontational. Don't take this personally; its part of their personality. This individual addresses issues directly. Be thankful that they aren't trying to avoid the issue.
Welcome to StevenHancock.ca. You've undoubtedly accessed this site because you are in search for Steven Hancock, or you Googled “Awesome” and clicked “I’m feeling lucky”. Either way, Welcome!
During your tour of this site you will discover the in's and out's of Steven Hancock.
My day-to-day life is shared with my beautiful fiancée, our playful dog, and our loveable cat.
You'll be able to learn about my passions which includes continuous learning, setting goals (yes I consider it a past-time), physical activity, and being playfully creative.
I'll share my interesting experiences and highlights that I have accrued in my career, education, and life.
If you like what you read, or even if you don't, feel free to reach out and contact me. I would love to hear from you. We can share experiences and ideas, while forming a valuable relationship.
Have a look around and enjoy.