Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – John Hasthorpe

Meet John Hasthorpe – one of Esri Australia’s most popular trainers. A specialist in ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server and ArcObjects – John’s career as a GIS professional spans nearly a decade.John Hasthorpe

Tell us about your role as a Senior Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?

I’m a member of the training team and am primarily responsible for the delivery of ArcGIS for Server based training courses. I am also involved in the development of new training methods, approaches and resources, and look after all enterprise courses and provide mentorship to the trainers that teach them.

What do you love most about your job?

I really like having the opportunity to travel around the county and working with clients to help them get the most value out of their ArcGIS software investment. It is also great to have the opportunity to find out what our clients are doing with the software within their organisation.

How did you end up at Esri? What’s your career background?

Esri Australia were kind enough to sponsor me to come out to Australia (from the UK) and I started off in a role as a Support/Trainer. Back in the UK, I worked as an environmental consultant; developing ArcGIS for Desktop based applications for national government and private water companies. So all in all – I’m nearing ten years working with Esri technology.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned since being in this role?

There is not one specific thing. I’m an Esri apps man. They keep evolving and growing in functionality and I love learning about the new things they can do (and of course sharing the highlights with everyone). Learning the offline Collector for ArcGIS workflow was a highlight though.

Why do you enjoy conducting training sessions?

Training sessions are an opportunity to engage with and empower course attendees. The best thing about this is being able to show attendees how to do things in the most optimal way. For example, I once had an attendee who was trying to use PowerPoint to geo-reference historical maps (don’t ask!) – showing them the Geo-referencing toolbar in ArcMap really was life changing. So essentially it is a highly rewarding experience.

What’s your advice to clients considering undertaking some training?

I would recommend hitting the training site to get more information on any courses of interest. But you should also phone/email us to discuss your options and to make sure you end up on the right course. It might be that you are better off with something customised or a knowledge transfer. There are many options!

What Esri training course would you like to undertake – and why?

Next on my list is to take on the Geodatabase. It is really important to be knowledgeable in this area if you are working in the ArcGIS for Server/Enterprise space. So certification is on the cards.

Outside of work – what’s your idea of fun?

I just got bees! So I’m learning to be a Beekeeper.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

I won the European Field Archery Championships in 1993.

At Esri Australia – we’re all about geography! So where’s your favourite destination in the world?

I’m a big fan of Thailand. Great food, beer and culture.

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