|Date: 12 October 2013
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Venue: KITE Campus
Atif Aziz Ahmed, head of the information technology division at Tameer Micro Finance Bank, came to KITE for a career counseling session with our students. With over 19 years of professional experience under his belt, Atif had plenty of advice for our young and aspiring candidates.
He started the session with a brief introduction about himself and went on to emphasize the importance of knowing what you want and who you want to become. Everything you go through in life is an experience and every experience provides you an opportunity to learn…learn more about yourself as well as those around you.
Atif was no different. He was not born heading a division. He started his journey being part of the Tim Hortons staff and is particularly proud of that experience. He went on to explain to his students that working at a coffee shop had taught him things that he could never learn in a corporate environment. Interacting with different people from such diverse backgrounds every day teaches you more about life than anything else.
Students were also given a short check list of do’s and don’ts as they form opinions about their professional goals. Atif believes that the key to a successful career is to ensure that it aligns with your personal aspirations. Being passionate about what you do is necessary to excel in whatever field you choose to pursue. Even if it means being a trailblazer.
To get from ordinary to extraordinary, you need to challenge norms, push the status quo and make new decisions. How else will you get new results? Exceptional intelligence or luck are not pre-requisites to challenging norms that don’t work anymore. You need to use the right tactics and know what you want. Skills can be learnt, guidance can be sought, but the passion to do something different and become someone who you want to be must come from within you. Only then does Providence also feel compelled to facilitate you to your destination. But the effort? It must come from you. Until then, you will repeat the same decisions and end up with exactly the same results. And that is no one’s dream.
Atif Aziz Ahmed is currently heading the Information Technology division at Tameer Micro finance Bank where his areas of expertise include technology vision, strategy, operations, and project deployments.
Prior to Tameer Bank, Atif has worked at KASB Securities and AKD Securities where he headed the Information Technology teams. He started his career from IBM Pakistan in 1993 as a systems engineer after which he left for Canada and then the U.S to work at AT&T Research Labs.
Atif holds a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Computer Sciences from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Karachi.