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Graduation stories – award-winner hacks her way to success

3 August 2015

Chelsea Sievewright graduation - web 1

Chelsea Sievewright started work as an Infrastructure Security Specialist months after being named Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year – and before she’d even graduated with BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking.

She received the award from broadcaster Fiona Bruce at a glittering ceremony in London earlier this year, in part as recognition of her passion for challenging the stereotype that technology careers are just for men.‌

Chelsea was Abertay’s first student champion for Interconnect, the gender equality network, and organised a successful networking event for female STEM students attended by 40 people including academic staff and women from industry.

We caught up with Chelsea to find out about her journey to graduation – and her plans for the future.

How does it feel to secure such an exciting position straight out of university?

“It feels great to have secured this career path and I feel my degree has set me up well to succeed in this field.

“I’m working as an Infrastructure Security Specialist with Prudential and I started on 1 June.“

Chelsea Sievewright graduation - web 2

How did Abertay help prepare you for this job?

“I completed the Principal’s Award during my second year which really helped me identify the skills I had and be able to write about them effectively in applications. I also attended a conference in London that I heard about through the Principal’s Award which led to one of my internships.

“My lecturers always advised us to take internships during the summer break so I completed two, one with Prudential and one with Skyscanner which were invaluable for setting me up for this job.“

Do you have a message for students starting university this year?

“University will fly by! Although four years seems like a long time I encourage you to take advantage of all opportunities you get at Abertay from first year because you want to stand out above all the other graduates at the end.”

To find out more about Chelsea’s degree, please visit the BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking page.

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