I am really, really grateful to Per Scholas. It is a program that helps people navigate and get into the tech world. It is not easy to get there. All the resources Per Scholas gave me were so helpful...it gives you so many opportunities you would not otherwise be able to get.
New York, NY
Selasi Fiadzigbe graduated from Per Scholas New York’s Cybersecurity course in 2020. Prior to Per Scholas, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from John Jay College. After college, he realized that he was not happy on his current career path and started considering other options.
Selasi had always been interested in computers – he had built, fixed, and used them all his life. He was intrigued by Cybersecurity and started looking for ways to break into the field. Selasi remembered a friend telling him about Per Scholas some time ago. He attended a Per Scholas information session, and decided to apply to Per Scholas’ Cybersecurity course.
Selasi found his time at Per Scholas to be difficult but rewarding. There was a lot of information to digest, and each day brought something new to learn. Selasi loved his instructor, who was himself a Per Scholas alumni and understood what his students were going through as they sought to change their lives through the program. Selasi’s instructor helped and supported him throughout the course and as he launched his career after graduation. The two have stayed in touch to this day.
While attending Per Scholas, Selasi also began pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. However, upon graduating from Per Scholas, he decided that undergrad was too slow for him, so he left college and began applying for jobs.
Selasi worked as a Cyber Security Analyst at Ankura for 2 years, and recently transitioned to a new role at JPMorgan Chase as an Attack Analyst. He likes his current job because it provides him with many resources and opportunities for growth and more learning. Going forward, he hopes to get more involved in the field of Malware Analysis.
“I am really, really grateful to Per Scholas,” Selasi reflected. “It is a program that helps people navigate and get into the tech world. It is not easy to get there. All the resources Per Scholas gave me were so helpful. Even being able to draft an adequate resume is not something you can take for granted. They taught us that. The resume is what gets you into an interview. It’s really important and I’m pretty sure it is the reason I got an interview with [my current job]. I can now help other people and friends with their resumes. It is a simple skill, but it gives you so many opportunities you would not otherwise be able to get.”
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