Ather Hashmi studied a BSc in Computing Science at Griffith College in 2010.
Ather currently works for GoodCore software as a Senior Software Technical Lead.
"I look after the development of an enterprise web app that is being used by global technology giants like Amazon, Citrix, Palo Alto Networks, F5 and many others.
My job is to make sure development is heading in the right direction, removing any obstacles that may occur during the process.”
Why did you choose to study with Griffith College?
"I was an international student (from Pakistan). Griffith College offered me an easy fee instalments plan and a great curriculum. For an international student, that was a huge help. I will remain forever thankful to Griffith for the quality education I received. I would not have had the same career opportunities if I did not study with Griffith College.”
Ather was keen to highlight the influential teaching staff at Griffith College and wanted to highlight the industry-specific insights he received whilst studying at Griffith College.
“During my time at Griffith College I was thankful for the inspirational lectures and seminars delivered by members of teaching staff in the Computing faculty; I would like to give a specific mention to Kevin Healy, Kevin Casey, Tony Mullins for the excellent support they gave me.”
Why did you choose to study computing?
“A friend of mine, Afaq Khan, a former international student at Griffith, recommended the college to me and inspired me to study Computing Science. I then met members of the Computing faculty who nurtured my initial inspiration to study and helped me achieve my goals."
What's been your greatest achievement and challenge to date?
“I have been working directly with the global technology giants which is an achievement and a challenge at the same time.”
What are your future plans?
“I would like to continue to improve my tech knowledge, by continuing to study and learn.”
Finally, we asked Ather some quick-fire questions.
Best piece of advice you've received:
“From the great Kevin Healy (and also from Kevin Casey); they said, “computers are the best slave, it will do whatever you instruct it to do. You need to take responsibility as a human instructing the computer what to do”
Advice for recent graduates:
“Never stop learning. Hard work always pays off.”
Starting out as a student again what would you have done differently?
“Maybe interact more with my classmates. During my time at Griffith College, due to my part-time job commitments, I did not have as much time as I would have liked to interact with my classmates.”
How would you describe Griffith College in three words?