Graduate Alum Focus | Chiranjibi Ghimire
"I like my current job because I have the opportunity to serve Marylanders and improve their health and safety. I am working with the Corona Virus Testing Task Force team to ensure Maryland’s nursing homes follow guidelines and perform compliance risk assessments."
Chiranjibi Ghimire, Information Technology M.S.'19
- Information Technology (M.S.)
- Computer Science & Information Technology
Recent Hood graduate alum, Chiranjibi Ghimire, earned his M.S. in Information Technology in 2019. He currently works as a Data Analyst with the Maryland Department of Health where he is part of the Corona Virus Testing Task Force team.
Could you please share about your educational/professional background?
My father always wanted me to become a scientist, and he motivated me to study science after finishing high school.
Although I was born in a rural area and had limited resources, it was easy to follow my interest and dream because of my educated parents. I studied science back home in Nepal, and I came to the US in 2013 to fulfill my American dream.
I got a Graduate Research Assistant position at the University of South Dakota, while pursuing a master's degree in physics. I had an opportunity to learn some hands-on physics experiments, which were not available back home.
As a research assistant, I had an opportunity to work with leading scientists from various fields. I learned computer programming languages and data analysis techniques, along with core physics experiments and theories.
Why did you decide to pursue this particular degree in IT?
Although I was a physicist by profession, my interest leaned towards data analysis and algorithms.
I was impressed by computer algorithms' power to analyze and visualize complex physics laboratory data in a simple form. My supervisor and other colleagues suggested that I dive into the data science field because of my strong background in mathematics and statistics.
I always wondered how I could apply my core skills in the data science field. After I decided to switch my major, I moved to Maryland to start my master's in Information Technology. I was looking for a prestigious and affordable university, and Hood College quickly became my first choice.
You just got a Data Analyst job with the Maryland Department of Health. Tell us more about this position.
After my graduation, I was looking for an opportunity to leverage my skills and expertise.
I did an internship with a startup company for six months. After that, I spent six months searching for a full-time opportunity. Eventually, I got an offer from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for a Data Analyst position.
I like my current job because I have the opportunity to serve Marylanders and improve their health and safety. I am working with the Corona Virus Testing Task Force team to ensure all Maryland’s nursing homes follow guidelines and perform compliance risk assessments.
I feel proud to be a part of the MDH and have the opportunity to work on Covid-19 related matters.
How has The Graduate School at Hood College helped your career development?
When I was a graduate student at Hood College, I had an opportunity to participate in various career fairs. The Hood Career Center provided resources related to resume-writing and the job search process.
Also, my professors from the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology and the MS in Information Technology program helped me with professional references throughout the job search process.
What advice would you give to students who are currently looking for job?
The job search is a very tedious process and is an 8-5 job until you find one. It is helpful if you have a structured routine, strategy, discipline, and a lot of determination.
I would recommend engaging with the Hood Career Center and taking part in an internship during your graduate program.
Hood College offers a lot of resources; make sure to take advantage of them!