Security as a career change: Military to Technology Security
For the vast majority of people, a career change can be both an exciting and troubling time, with the possibility for positive change offset with worries over the uncertainty that inevitably comes with a new job. This was precisely the scenario that I found myself before I took the decision to join Vodafone. I was still in my twenties (albeit late twenties) with a consistent and promising career within the British military, where if I chose to stay, I would never face job insecurity or worry about being put out of work. Despite recent cuts to the Armed Forces, I had a trade which would also only would receive further funding and was making big efforts to recruit new members. There was also the concern of how would I fit into the private sector. Would my personality and sense of humour translate well to civilian life? Would I be able to cope with the pressures of the day to day transit that encompasses a life of working in the capital? All this played on my mind whilst making my final decision. For me, this wasn’t as much a job change but a complete shift in my life’s direction, as the military had been home for the entirety of my adult life.
I originally learned about the vacancy from a previous colleague of mine, and after looking into the role and opportunities available, I engaged with the application process which was a pain free and smooth transition that I hadn’t experienced in other jobs I had applied for in both the private and public sector. I was immediately impressed by Vodafone’s stance on career and skill development, and giving people the opportunity to grow into accomplished Cyber Security professionals. This was a point emphasized months later by Group Technology Security Director Emma Smith on our annual GTS event in May, which I took as a big indication that Vodafone puts value in its employees. I’m taking the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) course in March, funded by Vodafone, which of course will be of benefit to both myself and the company going forward.
I had been extremely lucky in my previous career to take on a wide variety of roles, however this is generally the exception to the rule rather than norm within the military. The current role I encompass on the Threat Intelligence team at Cyber Defence certainly allows for variety and diversity of work, and it should come as no surprise that each day is different, with new issues surfacing each single day that require attention. I’m also lucky to work alongside several extremely talented individuals working for various teams in CD, and have taken so much experience, guidance, and knowledge from them during my time here. It should also be stressed however that Vodafone offers an extremely attractive flexible working program, aiding those with family commitments or long commutes.
To conclude, I’ve had a fantastic 14 months. I really enjoy working with the people in my office, and Vodafone as a company has a positive, forward thinking atmosphere, and continually encourages employees to improve and strive for excellence in their fields of work. This is best emphasized in the ethos of the ‘Vodafone Way’, which ensures that those who want to succeed, will be given ample opportunity to do. I would highly recommend anyone looking for an exciting and interesting career to give Vodafone a chance, it’s certainly been a good decision for me.