Kalim Bhatti

Information Security Specialist

BDP International

Program Completed: 
IT Security Analyst
Certification(s) Earned: 
CompTIA IT Fundamentals
CompTIA Security+
CompTIA Network+
Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
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Alumni Question & Answer

Why did you choose NuPaths?
I lost my job as a professional photographer. While this was a very challenging twist in my career path, I now see it as the opportunity that led me to redirect my talents and passions into the career I have today. After my unemployment compensation expired, the State policy is to encourage retraining. So EDSI Solutions at the local career center sponsored my enrollment in a continuing education training course. Choices included a career in health, HVAC, truck driving, and a couple of other choices. Short answer, the counselor at the career center suggested I explore information security seeing that I had a bit of technical experience.
How was your education at NuPaths influenced or helped you in your life and career?
I believe my experience and education gained through NuPaths helped open doors for my very first (and now second) IT job. Those were entry-level help desk roles but they were instrumental in obtaining permanent help desk positions. Once in the IT world, doors open quickly as you gain experience, hone in on your skills, and show dedication to your work. NuPaths played a role in unlocking all three of these within. That is how I so quickly obtained a permanent role as a security specialist.
What advice do you have for current students to make the most of their experience at NuPaths?
IT is a great career path. There is so much to learn and when you embark on it, it is a journey without a destination. This means it is a never-ending journey as technology continues to evolve. IT certifications are important to help get you that first job, but the actual on-the-job experience is where so much value will be gained
Something people may not know about you? Anything else you would like to share!
I was a professional photographer for over 20 years. This was my job prior to finding NuPaths and changing my career to IT. Though my daily job looks quite different now, elements of my photography skills and background do play a relevant role. My basic understanding of technology, having a technical eye for things, and knowing how to view things critically are all relevant to my job now. The best advice I have for other people reading this, who face a similar fork in the road in their career, is to think big, try new things, and never be afraid of failing. If you listen to your intuition and seek trusted and experienced resources, your path will always lead you to a career of fulfilling work.
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