Aisha left NGHS in 2016 and is now an inspirational STEM champion.
Threat Intelligence Analysis
Aisha started at NGHS in Year 10 and left in 2016 in Year 13. Her collection of A Levels in STEM subjects has taken her on a fascinating path through the world of cyber security and digital forensics to her current role at the FS-ISAC (Financial Services – Information sharing and Analysis Centre).
I started at NGHS in Year 10 in 2012 and left at the end of Year 13 in 2016. I studied Maths (Further Maths AS), Physics and Chemistry at A Level during which time I had set my hopes high on getting into a Russell Group university, so I was devastated to end up in Clearing on Results Day. I definitely felt like failing to get into a “good” university meant I had failed in life, which is silly looking back on it now.
Through Clearing I found the University of Hull, where I studied BSc Computer Science. My degree course was definitely very challenging and consisted of many long nights in the Computer Lab, but I gained a lot of knowledge and made friends I wouldn’t trade for the world. I was over the moon to receive a First-Class BSc in Computer Science in 2019 after three years of hard work
In my final year at Hull, I applied for multiple graduate schemes in the field of Cyber Security. I had had an interest in Cyber Security since Year 12 but chose a broad Computer Science degree to keep my options open and get a good technical foundation. In the end, the modules that touched on Cyber Security at university made me sure that that was the career path for me.
I was accepted onto the Cyber Security Consultancy Graduate Scheme at Capgemini where I worked in teams doing Incident Response, Digital Forensics and GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance). I stayed there for just over a year and then began searching for the next step in my career. And since October 2020, I have been working for a company called FS-ISAC (Financial Services – Information sharing and Analysis Centre). Working in the Threat Intelligence division my day-to-day job consists of analysing security incidents seen in financial institutions across the world and facilitating confidential sharing of information between member institutions (clients). Alongside this, I have a relatively client facing role and often present trend analysis reports on webinars for our members, host sessions at conferences we produce, and help where needed. As it is a relatively small company there is a lot of fluidity in my job, which is great as I can really make the role my own.
Aisha tells us about her time at NGHS
My time at NGHS as a GDST girl gave me an incredibly strong foundation on which to build my career. I gained skills, both academic and personal, that I still use to this day. NGHS gave me the chance to have a high-quality education, find the path I wanted to take in life and learn to express myself through creative outlets, which I believe is very important. On top of that, I had lots of opportunities to work on public speaking which has been a great help throughout my career.
And any words of wisdom for the next generation of NGHS girls?
My advice to young girls today is: don’t let fear of failure be a reason to stop trying. You really do miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Failure is a big part of life and learning to embrace failure as a learning experience rather than a setback is one of the most important things you can do.
NGHS gave me the chance to have a high-quality education, find the path I wanted to take in life and learn to express myself through creative outlets.Aisha Jimoh