UWTSD student gets dream job after gaining first class degree while working for ambulance service


14.07.2021

Working for the Welsh Ambulance Service as a call handler during the coronavirus pandemic while also studying for a degree is an achievement in itself – but Aida Lamer has really excelled, achieving a first-class degree in Computer Networks and Cyber Security from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). 

Aida has secured her dream job, working for the NHS as a Cyber Security Analyst, and will be continuing her studies at UWTSD with a master’s degree.

Now she’s secured her dream job, working for the NHS as a Cyber Security Analyst, and will be continuing her studies at UWTSD with a master’s degree.

Aida, who lives in Swansea, studied at the university’s Swansea SA1 campus. She chose the degree because she has always had a keen interest in cybersecurity and networking.

“I wanted to combine the medical industry and cybersecurity to make improvements to the organisation and make healthcare devices more secure,” she says. “I chose UWTSD as the university offered a wide range of modules that offer both knowledge and practical skills in research and hands on employment. The university enabled me to gather knowledge and understanding of networking which strengthens my cybersecurity skills and understanding of how attacks happen, how they can be avoided and how to set up the best security in practice.”

Some of the highlights of her course included working in team projects and sharing techniques between team members.

“All team projects and individual projects enabled students to reach their full potential and supervisors assisted greatly,” she says. “I found it challenging to juggle my studies and my employment, but the end results were very rewarding – and now I’m able to interview for higher band jobs in a trust I love working for. Online learning and communication were also challenging; however, lecturers’ fast communication and plenty of online tools helped overcome this challenge.”

She now plans to complete her Master’s at UWTSD in Computer networks and Cybersecurity part time while working in her new job. She adds that she would strongly recommend the course to others.

“Overall, it provided everything essential and some desirable skills to later use in post graduate employment. The university's communication was outstanding and fast responses could be guaranteed. Plenty of support has been offered and received from lecturers with a lot of positive feedback and critique to improve on in future work. I would highly recommend this course to future students who have a keen interest in networking and cybersecurity. This course offers everything a student needs and the university helps guide students even after completing their degree with future degrees, qualifications, and employment.”

Dr Carlene Campbell, Aida’s final year project supervisor, added:

“Aida is a diligent worker who knew exactly what she wanted and was very passionate about achieving her goals. She is a very focused, determined, hardworking, goal-oriented and ambitious individual. She is serious about her ambitions, disciplined, dedicated, and tenacious in pursuing her objectives. 

“She has demonstrated that she has the ability to work on her own initiative. She is enthusiastic and a self-motivated individual, who demonstrated dependability and willingness to take on a challenge and see it through completion. She exhibits the required level of focus, determination, drive, and passion that will be a valuable asset for any institution or organisation.”

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