On Thursday 18th October, approximately 120 students of King’s College London gathered in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the Strand campus for the Discover Careers in Security Panel, organised by the Chairman of the Young Members Group Jade Davies and Committee Member Hugh Pickering- Carter.
Jade opened the evening by giving a speech about The Company. She explained who we are, what we do and how young people can become involved.
Committee Member Tilly Sherwood spoke about the Apprenticeship scheme, the benefits she had seen from her involvement in the Company and how the students could become involved.
Over the course of the evening, six fantastic speakers introduced themselves to the students and spoke about their careers in security. They then fielded some excellent questions and provided the opportunity to the students to network and make some invaluable contacts.
Our first speaker was Henry Severs, who is currently a Counter Extremism Practice Manager at Aktis Strategy. He gave the students an insight into his career path and advocated the helpfulness of the internships he did during his university career. Having worked for both the British Government and the United Nations, Henry was in a good position to speak to the students about their overall career goals and championed an organic approach to building a career.
The next speaker was Freeman James Butler, who is currently a Managing Director of Security Management Resources. James spoke to the assembled students about how he left school at 16 and began working to build up his career from there. He spoke about the basics of routes to market and networking, mentioning that the best way he had found to build his contacts was by approaching people and asking to buy them a coffee – with the goal of thoroughly picking their brains!
Our third speaker was Annabel Jamieson, a Security Associate iDefense at Accenture. She explained that during her postgraduate degree at King’s College London, she had worked a full-time job which had helped her to achieve more in her career to date. Annabel advised the students to push their boundaries and never be afraid to take a leap into the unknown in their careers, as she has no background in the Cyber Intelligence world and is not a technically-minded person naturally, but that she made a success of her current role by learning on the job.
Vicki Vidler, Cyber Security Strategy Lead at the Bank of England was our fourth speaker. She too advised students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and to try new things. She explained that she had had a varied career to date, working for the police and in the public. The main point she made was that the students need to make sure they are continuously building their networks and utilising tools such as LinkedIn.
Our penultimate speaker was Jason Rosser, the Regional Head of Risk and Governance at Colt Technology. Having spent over thirty years as a Special Branch Detective in the Metropolitan Police and, later in his career, working extensively during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Jason was able to share invaluable experience with the students. He advised them to never be afraid to approach people and ask questions – he said it was important not to be bound by the “old-school” attitude and to question this at every moment.
Finally, Freeman Edward Foale took the floor. Edward is an Assistant Director at the Cabinet Office and works to provide a security perspective on Government Policy. Edward gave an interesting perspective as a Senior Civil Servant and advised the students to be careful about having singular goals in their careers. He said that if you’re interested in working for the Public Sector, it’s useful to get your foot in the door, and take a job which might not be your ideal to begin with. He said it’s a good idea to work your way upwards and across the Public Sector once you have an “in”. Edward also spoke about his experience as a Metropolitan Police Special Sergeant – a voluntary role he takes on in his spare time. He said that this volunteering had given him many good transferable skills which make him look attractive to potential employers.
The floor opened for questions and the students were given the opportunity to engage with the speakers personally.
Lots of students were curious about membership to The Company, some of whom will be attending some of the Company’s events in the upcoming months under the guidance of the Young Members Committee. The University showed a keen interest in a follow-up event in early 2019, with many of our speakers keen to return to give more practical advice and knowledge to the students.
Young Members Committee