Molly-Rose Jackson

Since graduating from the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics* course, Molly-Rose has started a role as a Graduate Cyber Associate. She spoke to us about why she chose the course, what her experience has been working virtually and why being open to opportunities is so important. 

Why did you choose to study your course?  

I always enjoyed Computing throughout school and knew I wanted a career that related to security and investigation relating to computing. But when searching for courses and universities, I became overwhelmed as there were so many degrees and career paths to choose from!  

The BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics course had a great balance between practical and theatrical based modules. For me, learning such a wide range of skills is important to get into the industry. From learning about the byte technical levels of computers to gaining knowledge about the legal system, investigations, and response linked to forensics. In addition to this, when researching roles and careers within this field, my interest in the course only increased.  

Why did you choose BCU?  

I chose BCU because of the industry-focused modules on the Digital Forensics course. Having the opportunity to gain practical experience within the industry and having access to professional tools and equipment on campus, was something I knew was important for me to gain from my degree.  

When you started university, did you know what type of career you wanted to go into?  

When I first began my degree, a career in law enforcement was considered the ‘correct fit' for someone completing a computer forensics degree. But after studying the course and seeing the many roles and possibilities within this field, I became very open to new routes which would be the right fit for me.  

Was there a particular module that sparked an interest in a topic you had never considered before?  

For me, it was a range of modules that linked with Cyber Security. Computer forensics requires a good understanding of cyber security and modules such as Data Storage and Recovery, Ethical Hacking and System Security Attacks and Defences have enabled me to gain in-depth, comprehensive knowledge in both areas which will prepare me for the industry.  

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What is your current job role?  

I am currently in my final three months of a graduate program, where my job role is a Graduate Cyber Associate. My job is rotation-based for the first year, meaning I have been able to work with multiple teams including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Digital Forensics, eDiscovery, Security Testing, and Security Advisory. Upon completion of my graduate program, I will transition to my permanent placement in one of the cyber teams as an Associate Consultant.  

What do you enjoy about the role?  

It is a rotation-based graduate program that has allowed me to work with a range of teams and gain experience in different areas of cyber security. It has been a great learning experience so far.   

How did your degree help you to secure this role?  

I believe one particular area of my degree that has helped me with my role, is having experience working with industry-standard software and tools. Much of the theoretical knowledge I learnt in my second and third years has been very helpful for my role.  

What has been your experience, post-graduation?  

I think 2020 was a difficult year for everyone and we've all had to adapt in some way. I have been working through a graduate program in a corporate company, almost completely virtually! Of course, this is not what I initially thought my first job post-graduation would be. But it has been an incredibly positive experience, I have met so many new people and have still been able to learn so much and use the skills learnt at university in my role today.  

What advice would you give to students who are beginning their first role?  

The most important piece of advice I can give is to stay open to opportunities. There are always so many networking events and ways to get involved with industry projects.  

Another really important reminder I can give is, learning doesn’t stop after graduation. The world of digital forensics and cyber security is constantly changing with new vulnerabilities, technologies, attacks, and advancements happening daily. I think it is important to take proactive steps to continue learning and staying informed about the constantly evolving industry.  

*Computer Forensics has now changed to Digital Forensics