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Jane Hiscox

Career Path: Cyber Security Integrate
Location: Salisbury, UK

I have had over 25 years in the IT and Information Security business. I started as a Trainee Computer Operator with a high street bank and worked my way up. Starting at the Helpdesk, then Technical Support and Network Security to an Information Security Consultant role. I worked in both the public and private sectors; I enjoy problem solving and increasing my skill and knowledge sets and my career has provided me a lot of experience with this. My chosen career also fitted with moving within the UK and Internationally. I had to take a career break to care for my elderly parents and the MSc in Cyber Security has enabled me to get back into a Cyber Security career.

What are you doing now?Jane Hiscox

Cyber Security Integree at DSTL, facilitated through the STEM Returners scheme.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Northumbria University's part-time MSc in Cyber Security course was the only one I found that enabled you to attend lectures and seminars at the weekends. You could therefore fit your study around your work.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was a great experience, fitting studying in was a bit of a juggle at times. Studying comprised of lectures, seminars and a few practical and team coursework sessions at weekends spread over the two years. Each module either had a piece of coursework or exam or both! Self study was a major part of the course with a piece of coursework submitted for each module with the last piece being your dissertation. Students in the class I was in had organised teleconferences to discuss subject matter, as we were geographically disparate except at the course weekend sessions. There was also a lot of subject discussion over social media apps

What was the best thing about your course?

The fellow students and their determination to get the qualification; the generosity of those sharing their experience and knowledge to help you.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I learnt new skills and renewed others which gave me confidence in my abilities and also attaining a higher academic qualification helped me back into work.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

How to objectively analyse and apply knowledge, write in new ways and also not being scared of taking on new things.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Stretching my mind and learning new skills. Meeting interesting fellow professionals with a passion for the subject matter.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Apply! But make sure you have enough time to study and don't be afraid to ask questions to fellow students and staff.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Busy, mind-stretching, enjoyable

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