Brabim H. (MSIS ‘16)
Brabim Hamal is an IT manager that works for the United Nations Mission of Afghanistan in New York. As a recent graduate from Touro GST, holding a Master of Science in Data Analytics and Database systems, he shares his Touro story with us for his Alumni Spotlight:
"I came from Nepal and when I first came here, I was like a lost child so Touro College is like a family to me. I know you have heard this name a lot, Professor Arjun Mahat. He is my mentor, he kind of helped me through everything in terms of showing me where I am supposed to be, helped in terms of courses, and what I would need to work on. I was also awarded a Computer Science award from Touro College which was a plus point. This was all because of Professor Mahat helping me to grow and helping me in school.
I've always been in touch with Robert Grosberg, he always helped me with my resume preparation, and he has worked a lot on my personality in terms of how to deal with people and how to give interviews and also, things that I needed to do and change to be a perfect candidate. Being a mentor helped as well because when students connect with me, I get to know about the job market, the things they are working on, and the courses they are taking that are offered by the school. So, it’s a plus point for me as well because I get to help students and upgrade or match my technical skills at the same time.
At the United Nations Mission of Afghanistan, I am responsible for maintaining and managing the IT infrastructure. The things like establishing and implementing up to date security policies, formulate IT solutions to upkeep IT standards, etc. Currently I am working on migrating the Windows platform, and handling missions official email domain, and some internal /external websites.
I would tell current students to research how to how the market is like and to work on finding and knowing the tools that the IT world is using. Depending on what your major is, if you are going to be working as a data engineer, make sure you know the proper tools, such as Python or whatever that is needed to survive. Also, just do not give up, keep having interviews. I had an interview with both Amazon and Google. I made it to the final round, but I did not make it, but I took this as an advantage. I kept working on these parts. Don't give up, just keep on working and improve your skills."