Charles Fraker graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2017. Born in London, he grew up in Bath, England, and completed his undergraduate studies in History, Theology, and Philosophy at Boston College in 2012.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I am an Investigative Analyst at the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau of the District Attorney of New York. I assist ADAs in complex, long-term investigations, including large-scale data breaches, counterfeit credit card organizations, market manipulation schemes, identity theft scams, and cyber-crimes by analyzing large amounts of financial, telephone, and computer data for ADAs and other members of law enforcement.
How do you use the knowledge and skills acquired at NYU in your career?
I use the analytical skills and prodigious attention to detail learned at NYU in my work. So far, this has consisted of sifting through bank records and trying to discover the identities of identity theives.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose the IR program at NYU because I want a career in international affairs and policy making and I wanted to stay in NYC. NYU provided me the opportunity to achieve my goals while learning from one of the best and most competitive universities today.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone regarding professional development?
My advice would be to stay persistent and remain positive. Job hunting is a long, slow, arduous, and demoralizing process, but to quote Churchill: “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” Keep applying, keep searching, and don’t despair, because others will pick up on your negative attitude when you need to convince them how wonderful an asset you are.