Digital Forensics/Securty jobs and reduced hours.
I'm approaching the end of my masters in digital forensics. Prior to this I studied computer forensics and digital security for three years at undegrad level. Previous to this I did the usual computing NVQ L2/BTEC stuff at college. I'm experienced in most areas of general IT, can program, and know my way around CISCO stuff etc.
I'm wanting to ideally get in to digital forensics or information security post university.
However, I'm seeking part time hours or consolidated hours. I have a physical disability. Its not too bad, and is manageable, I do not see it being a barrier in this particular area of IT. I do have problems with tiredness and fatigue so this is the ultimate reason for my desire to seek 'reduced hours'.
What is the likely hood of me applying for a full time position in a HTCU or private company and making the suggestion that I reduce the hours, on the basis that when the business need requires it I do the extra time?
Greater Manchester Police, have some roles up some time ago. They seem to operate a shift system for their digital forensics stuff. Would focusing on jobs with shift systems be a better idea?
I'm looking at doing no more than 3 days per week.
I suppose the most ideal person to share this issue with would be an IT recruiter but I don't know where to start?
I also realise what I'm saying and proposing is probably impossible.
If not DF/IS, would any other areas in IT suit this?
I've had suggestions to go self employed, but to do this you need a track record, and sound experience, clients etc. Being self employed is not an option for me right now.
What do you think?
Should point out I'm seeking something in West Yorkshire/North West.
There are lot of remote jobs now-a-days. Maybe check here
Participate in discussions and make discussions. Bring some attention to your abilities. Also, you can try joining linkedin…you might find an opportunity there as head hunters check your profile.
Hope this helps.
First of all I wanted to say I empathise with your situation somewhat - my wife suffers from ongoing health problems which comes with a disability and she still works. It can be really tough, as everything is that much harder than it is for able bodied people. She gets the same fatigue symptoms you describe.
I work for an HTCU and have previously worked for service providers / consultancies and a forensic software house, so I've been round the houses. The Public Sector is where it's at. There are often guaranteed interview schemes that you might qualify for, so that's worth bearing in mind. There are several people in and around my HTCU who have disabilities so it's by no means uncommon, and reasonable adjustments are made. It is my experience that most Public Sector organisations are a lot more forward thinking and accepting of disabilities than a lot of private sector organisations who usually just want somebody who they can flog to keep the revenue rolling in.
It sounds like you have a good profile and that would interest a lot of public sector CF labs but it's going to be a case of being in the right place at the right time, especially with your geographical location - there will only be so many jobs coming up and competition will be stiff. Certainly until then as citizen mentioned you could do worse than looking for remote work - some of the software companies for example don't really care where you are so long as you have decent broadband/phone signal and can code well. To be realistic though, pure CF is usually lab based, air gapped, and can often require even the typical full time worker to do well in excess of normal full time hours when casework really ramps up (just finished a 6 day stretch of 12 hours days!), so it's going to be a balancing act for you. I recommend not restricting yourself too much to just this industry, keep your options open - there's a lot of a Cyber Security roles out there for example which also tend to pay better.
Feel free to chuck me a PM if you want to ask anything specific outside this forum. If not, best of luck to you.