After leaving Sydney Uni in 1995 Bernard completed a PhD in The Netherlands at the Center for Economic Research at Tilburg University. He then worked for a year and a half in Amsterdam with ACNielsen. Upon arriving back in Australia Bernard worked on a scuba diving boat in The Whitsundays for approximately six months. He then returned to Sydney in pursuit of a role in market research. Bernard worked for a year with Australian Market Research and a further year with TNS (also a marketing research company). Bernard currently holds a position at CommSec and has recently taken a lecturing position in Applied Business Forecasting within the Economics Discipline at the University of Sydney.