He was fresh out of college with a degree in network administration and eager to put his academic skills to work.
It was September 2012, when Thamer Khan came to PHC Northwest to work as an intern network engineer in the IT department. But the time has sped by and tomorrow, after a year of great work experience and many endearing work friendships, Thamer will head back out, more fully prepared for his next work adventure.
The internship gave him an opportunity to discover his own customer service skills along with tooling up even more on his computer and network building skills.
“I really like network administration; because it lets me work on things hands on and challenges me to solve the toughest problems, “he said, adding “I learned a lot here at PHC Northwest. I learned our programs, how they’re structured and how things are run in a large company. I also learned how to enhance my customer service skills because I treat everyone as a customer.”
He has also found a natural ability in responding to a fast turnaround network need, one which he knows he’ll need in the “real world.”
When one of the janitorial project managers had her laptop stolen from her truck, he had to quickly get her a replacement, configure it in the shortest amount of time, which he did.
“It usually takes about three days to configure a laptop, but she was in a real pinch. I worked on it all day, and had it up and running in one day,” he said, adding that experience was one of many that taught him how to do his job well in a real life situation.
Among his top picks for his next work assignment, is to work for a privately owned company, financial institution, government or another non-profit such as PHC Northwest.
While he is excited about the next step of his career journey, he’s grateful to PHC Northwest for the opportunity to do on the job learning.
“It was an honor to work at PHC Northwest,” he said. “In addition to all the great people who work here, I am especially grateful to Raul Sangalang, director of information systems, because he saw something that stood out from the other applicants and gave me a chance, an opportunity to use my skills from college. It was really exciting to put them to work.”
PHC Northwest is grateful to Thamer for his hard work and friendly presence and wishes him much success.