An Interview with Kareem Halasa: Passion, Determination and a Love of Technology

Hello VOX! Last week I published a Life At Veritas Interview with Frederic Lemaire, a Sales Director in France, this week I caught up with Kareem Halasa, Practice Lead – Software Defined Storage and Resiliency for Emerging based in Veritas’ Dubai office. In his #LifeAtVeritas interview, he shares how technology has always been his passion and that his love of technology has led to a successful career. Read on to find out more about Kareem, his career and what he enjoys most about his role at Veritas.

Kareem Halassa 20190521_202930020_iOS.jpgMeet Kareem HalasaZoe: Hello Kareem, what made you choose a career in IT?
Kareem: I've always been passionate about technology, from tinkering with electronics as a kid to building a fully functional home control system from scratch using the hardware I designed and VHDL code I wrote while studying Computer and Electronic Engineering. Choosing a career in IT came naturally.

Zoe: Do you have any career advice for those trying to secure their first IT role?
Kareem: Getting your first job is tough, I remember how difficult it was to land my first role in sales at HP through the graduate programme. I was competing with about 200 candidates for the same spot. Passion and perseverance will serve you very well during this initial stage of your career.

Zoe: What has been your career highlight to date? And what are you most proud of?
Kareem: Every deal, as well as every award, instil a sense of pride, but there is no better feeling than looking back at the end of each fiscal year and reflecting on the strategy, execution, and discipline that was required to succeed.

Zoe: What do you enjoy most about your role at Veritas?
Kareem: Working with great people across three different continents is one of the highlights of my role.

Zoe: Different things motivate different people. What motivates you?
Kareem: Success.

Zoe: Kareem, how do you define success?
Kareem: Aspiring for great achievements and accomplishing them.

Kareem Halassa IMG-20190125-WA0012.jpgWhen Kareem is not working, you'll find him kite surfing. Amazing!Zoe: Why should people choose to work at Veritas?
Kareem: Veritas is the market leader in its domain. It has an amazing work environment and provides an opportunity for its employees to make a difference.

Zoe: What’s your favourite Veritas solution? Or product?
Kareem: My favourite solution is the intersection of our products that help customers and adds value to adopting cloud. As customers depend on Veritas to protect, gain visibility, and ensure the availability of their workloads on-premise Veritas can support customers to move to the cloud, protect their workloads in and to the cloud, and gain insights so they can make better decisions during their cloud adoption journey.

Zoe: Describe Veritas in one word?
Kareem: Awesome!

Zoe: Finally, what do you like to do in your spare time away from work?
Kareem: I enjoy travelling to new places, spending time with friends or family and most recently, kite surfing.

That concludes my interview with Kareem Halasa, it was great catching up and thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts. What stood out most from this interview with Kareem was the link between determination and success, and that if you persevere you’ll achieve your goal. If you enjoyed this Life at Veritas blog post with Kareem Halasa, then do stay tuned as there will be more interview style posts from other people at Veritas. And if this has inspired you to join our team, then check out our job vacancies on LinkedIn and apply here.