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Fatima Ibrahim's impact in Ghana's banking sector

Many successes come on anything but a silver platter. There are risks involved, and successful people need courage to face them.
Like many others, Fatima left her job with a reputable Bank to pursue my MSc from a recognized university in the United Kingdom. According to her, she was well aware that this move will not only boost her marketability to employers, but will also enhance her sense of confidence to explore, both in careers and in entrepreneurship.

Many successes come on anything but a silver platter. There are risks involved, and successful people need courage to face them.

Like many others, Fatima left her job with a reputable Bank to pursue my MSc from a recognised university in the United Kingdom. According to her, she was well aware that this move will not only boost her marketability to employers, but will also enhance her sense of confidence to explore, both in careers and in entrepreneurship. 

After graduating with a Master of Science in Communication Systems Engineering in 2014 from the University of Portsmouth, Fatima returned home to contribute to the development of Ghana's banking sector.  

Although it took few months to secure a job, today, Fatima works as a Telecommunications Engineer of a very reputable Bank in the country, where she has the opportunity to implement her knowledge of modern technologies , methodologies, and skills gained from her studies in the United Kingdom. 

On a daily basis, her job makes her responsible for ensuring that the Bank’s Telecommunications infrastructure offers an efficient and optimum service to staff in all Bank Offices and Branches. Again, She is part of a team that supervises the voice or data telecommunications aspect of any project the Bank is involved in.  She played a key role in a recent project to deploy a modern unified telecommunication system in one of their new Office Branches. Older branches will soon be rolling out and benefiting from this new trend.

It is worthy of note that her progression has not only been in projects, it has come in position too. When she returned to her previous employer, holding a Masters degree funded gave her a good opportunity to occupy a higher position than what  she left. Of course, she still had to go through short listing and interviews, but without the degree, according to her, the promotion would not have been possible in just one year. That kind of promotion typically takes about five years. This is one highlight of her career so far.

On a personal note, she gained the self-confidence to engage in some more leadership and entrepreneurial activities. She is part of the Newaccra team, Ghana's leading Last September, myself together with some other TGSS scholars, all of Newaccra Magazine; a youth focused online magazine, organized a study abroad workshop.  Each of us led a circle of about 6 participants where we educated participants on the many different scholarship opportunities available for further studies and the different requirements. We also shared our  personal experiences, coached them and more. Participants left the venue very much satisfied, and I was happy with my personal contribution. This event was covered on Newaccra.com

Clearly, all that would not have happened if Fatima had not seized the great one year opportunity TGSS offered her.  Neither would it have happened if she did not overcome the extra challenge she faced. Coming from a Higher National Diploma Background straight into a Master's degree is a not a common feat, and it was a challenging period, that benefited her greatly.

In the end, the personal, as well as societal impact as a result of the scholarship continues unabated.

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