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The Defence Graduate Program led Ashleigh into an amazing cyber security gig with ASD

Ashleigh’s interest in STEM and Defence blossomed at uni. After realising
a tech path was for her, she learnt how to program and swapped majors to
Business Information Systems and Technology. Then, after speaking to
Australian Signals Directorate employees at a careers fair, Defence was
suddenly on her radar. She applied for the Defence Graduate Program
Intelligence Pathway and the rest is history!

“I would say my curiosity and love for cyber security is what led me to apply
for the Defence Graduate Program,” Ashleigh explains.

After kicking goals in the graduate program, Ashleigh is now a cyber security
specialist with ASD. One of her favourite projects while working with ASD has
been the Girls’ Programming Network (GPN).

“At the start of 2021, I took on the role of head coordinator for my local GPN,
which is sponsored by ASD. GPN’s main goal is to encourage more women in
various STEM fields. It’s something I am very passionate about.”

In March 2021, they ran the largest ever local GPN event with more than
100 registered students and 30 volunteers. When it comes to working in
STEM + Defence, Ashleigh’s biggest piece of advice is to be open to change
and to learning new things.

Ashleigh’s pathway

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Double Major in Business Information Systems and Technology
  • Master of Cyber Security
  • Penetration Testing Professional
  • Cyber security specialist, ASD
  • Head coordinator, Canberra Girls’ Programming Network

This article was originally published in the special edition of Careers with STEM: Defence


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