Careers in IT: An Interview with Arun Darwar

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(Submitted by Isabel Courtelis, High School Intern)

Arun Darwar, Associate Director of Human Resources, Payroll, and Faculty Systems, has been working at Yale for 15 years. When he first came to the university in 1999, he never thought he’d have such a long career here. He’d been working as a consultant and was used to short one-year stints at various companies in the insurance and banking industries.

A Lifelong Learner

Arun began as a senior programmer, later became a manager, and has been committed to the university ever since. Throughout his decade-and-a-half career at ITS, he was able to get his MBA from the University of Connecticut, along with his Six-Sigma Black Belt Certification. He has also participated in many Learning Center trainings that helped him advance his technical skills.

Arun credits his current position to the great mentors he’s had at Yale over the years. As part of the inaugural ITS CIO Pathways Program, he had a program mentor who helped him overcome many challenges. He was a charter member and an inaugural office bearer of the Yale Toastmasters Club 820 that helped him improve leadership and communication skills. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Asian Network at Yale, where he hopes to give back and help younger professionals starting out in their careers.

Arun repeatedly emphasizes how great working at Yale has been. In fact, when asked what his least favorite part of his job is, he actually can’t think of an answer. He loves it so much that even on a busy and stressful day, the thing that keeps him calm is actually his job. He enjoys working with both external and internal clients across campus and his favorite part of his job is delivering solutions to them.

Funny Man

Outside of work, Arun spends his time playing tennis, golfing, and watching football. He is also the treasurer of a local Indian organization in his community. One thing most people at Yale don’t know about him is that he is part of an amateur comedy club that takes part in plays in Connecticut and neighboring states.

Arun's advice to a new IT employee? Be committed to the organization and ask lots of questions.

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