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Humza Nomani

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Name: Humza Nomani ‘14
Major: Planning and Public Policy Minor: Political Science
Current Job Title: Senior Defense & Intelligence Consultant
Employer: Booz Allen Hamilton

Tell us a bit about your life and career since graduation. How did you get your first job? How did you navigate to where you are now? Where do you live?
Upon graduating from Rutgers, I enrolled in a one year Master’s program, where I obtained my Masters in International Business, from HULT International Business School, London.  In conjunction with my program, I was able to do a rotation in Dubai, where I took courses in Oil & Gas. Being in the Gulf, it gave me exposure to the oil, gas, and energy industries and my interest in the industry grew. Upon my graduation from HULT, I moved back to New Jersey, and was job searching. Fortunately, I was able to land my first role at KPMG, where I worked in International Tax. The Senior Managers liked my global background, and felt strongly that I'd be able to contribute to tax issues regarding the European market. A few months later, Brexit occurred, and I was doing some forefront tax analysis. Given my extroverted personality, I did not enjoy my role, so I started looking for other opportunities. A little over a year later, I landed a role with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading consulting firm in the Defense industry. On my first project, I ended up with the United States Department of Navy, and their Energy and Utilities team.

Why did you choose your major and minor?
I initially wanted to go to Law School, therefore I felt that the combination of Policy and Political Science would help with the pre-law track.

How would you describe your greatest personal or professional accomplishment since graduating from Rutgers?
Being able to travel the world, and landing a role in the Defense industry. Rutgers University holds value in the industry. There are a lot of people who graduated from B1G10 schools, and I'm constantly getting an earful about our football program.

Is there a particular course, professor, or experience that was most meaningful? Please describe.
Professor Joel Plummer was the greatest professor that I had at Rutgers. He wasn't a professor for my core degree, but for a "fun elective" - and he was truly passionate about social justice. Additionally, Professor Plummer was an adjunct professor, but still managed to impact my learning, and for that I'm forever grateful.

What advice can you offer to School of Arts and Sciences undergraduates about how to successfully connect their education in arts and sciences to their lives and careers after college?
Definitely use LinkedIn as a guide. It certainly helped me connect with professionals in my industry, as well as at my company.