To celebrate the arrival of International Women’s Day, BQ spoke to four inspirational women who have entered Scotland’s thriving digital technology sector in very different ways…
The Tech Apprentice
“I didn’t have a background in tech, I didn’t do computing at school and I didn’t think digital was for me”, says recently graduated BT Cyber Security Modern Apprentice, Alex Brown.
Alex never thought her career would take the digital path that it has until her dad, an Openreach employee, told her that BT was looking for Modern Apprentices in Cyber Security. She said: “I knew it was a growing area from what I had seen in the news and I thought that the job looked interesting so I went along to an open day. When I got home, I applied straight away and was invited for an interview. Much to my delight, I got a call a few days later to say I’d been selected.”
Alex’s apprenticeship saw her spend two-years moving around various areas with the BT security teams, giving her a full overview of the way the company works and the opportunity to spend time in the many different security departments, such as Incident Management. BT is one of the largest providers of cyber security services globally and directly employs around 2,500 security specialists to protect BT’s network and its customers’ networks.
“Being able to move around the company’s security teams to see how each worked was incredibly valuable for me. It helped expand my knowledge and understanding of security and how it fits within BT. I enjoyed my time with Incident Management as it was really exciting to be involved in. Here, we were responsible for coordinating the company response to cyber security incidents so that issues could be fixed quickly and efficiently.”
Having completed her apprenticeship in January 2018, Alex now has two-years of valuable on-the-job experience behind her and is now a Cyber Security Analyst for BT with a very bright digital future ahead of her.