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GH05TCD

Swinger
Alright lads,

Just applied and it seems the balls rolling pretty quickly. I feel pretty confident with the upcoming assessment day but like every other new lad on the page I've got some unanswered questions about the potential roles. I'm hoping to go for a EWSO role but have some requirement issues that might stop this happening, so I'm looking at OPTI as a backup.

Not much info available online in the way of career paths for the OPTI role (understandably), but I'm under the impression that I'd end up at Chicksands so a CyberSec role wouldn't be too far away. Could anyone with a bit more info clear that up?

Also I've been trying to look long term and I'd love to aim for 18(UKSF) or the SRR as the end goals, I know EWSO are set up well for this but as it's a signals squadron would the OPTI role shut this option down for me?

Looking forward to the banter and hopefully a bit of advice.

Cheers
 
I assume "OPTI" is an Int Corps trade? Cyber security is owned by R Sigs within the Army though some postings are aptitude based and open to all in theory. 18 SR is just a normal posting with every R Sigs trade group in it. UKSF selection is open to all, this would include SRR, though note that all specialist units will have non-badged staff to put the badged people at the sharp end of a sharp stick. Personally I'd worry about getting established in your trade before worrying about anything arduous.
One final point, don't be fooled by "cyber", very few jobs are anything interesting, and the majority involve keeping anti virus up to date.
 

GH05TCD

Swinger
Yeah the Int Corps trade. Seems more based around languages from what I can gather but the online brief alludes to more trades than that within the role, but doesn't give any clue as to what that might be. Thanks for the reply and info though, it's good to know selection won't be out of the question even if it is a few years ahead.

Would you say the same even for the EWSO role? There's apparently an option to gain a BsC in Intelligence and CyberSec which was one of the main factors for me when deciding, I'd have guessed it would have to go reasonably in depth in order to gain a title like that. I understand I'm probably thinking a little far ahead, but as it's a few years of my life that I'm signing away I'd rather try and be prepared as possible.
 
Yeah the Int Corps trade. Seems more based around languages from what I can gather but the online brief alludes to more trades than that within the role, but doesn't give any clue as to what that might be. Thanks for the reply and info though, it's good to know selection won't be out of the question even if it is a few years ahead.

Would you say the same even for the EWSO role? There's apparently an option to gain a BsC in Intelligence and CyberSec which was one of the main factors for me when deciding, I'd have guessed it would have to go reasonably in depth in order to gain a title like that. I understand I'm probably thinking a little far ahead, but as it's a few years of my life that I'm signing away I'd rather try and be prepared as possible.
It sounds like a Mickey Mouse degree sponsored by Lincoln Business School. IMHO the qualification won’t make a difference to your future job prospects as the trade is niche and it’s about who you know. Money would be better spent with the OU.
 

GH05TCD

Swinger
It sounds like a Mickey Mouse degree sponsored by Lincoln Business School. IMHO the qualification won’t make a difference to your future job prospects as the trade is niche and it’s about who you know. Money would be better spent with the OU.
Looks like it's offered by quite a few US establishments as well, but not sure if that means it will hold much weight over here. I agree though, in the EH community it seems more about who you know and what you can do as opposed to the paper side of things. Just would be nice to get some real world experience in the field and also play with guns at the same time.

Thanks for the heads up though, looks like I'll just go in with an open mind and let them place me where I'd be useful. As long as I'm learning and earning I can't complain.
 
Looks like it's offered by quite a few US establishments as well, but not sure if that means it will hold much weight over here. I agree though, in the EH community it seems more about who you know and what you can do as opposed to the paper side of things. Just would be nice to get some real world experience in the field and also play with guns at the same time.

Thanks for the heads up though, looks like I'll just go in with an open mind and let them place me where I'd be useful. As long as I'm learning and earning I can't complain.
You can call a degree what you want within limits by sticking “management” on the end of it eg “engineering management “ don’t be fooled.
 

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