Cybersecurity Degree then Royal Marines?

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John Ruadh
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Hi all,

I want to go and study Cybersecurity next year at University, however after my 4 years undergraduate I'm planning on joining the Royal Marines as an Officer.

I am aware that these are two very unrelated career paths however after the Marines (5 ish years in my mind) I would want to use my degree to work in the Cybersecurity industry. I am worried however that my time in the Marines will negatively affected my employment oppurtunities as it doesn't have anything to do with Cybersecurity and employers will feel I've been out the field to long or something.

I was just wondering what peoples opinions were on the subject. I'm very passionate about both of them and would really struggle choosing betweeen the two, so I'm hoping someone could provide some insight.

Thanks in advance.
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(Original post by John Ruadh)
Hi all,

I want to go and study Cybersecurity next year at University, however after my 4 years undergraduate I'm planning on joining the Royal Marines as an Officer.

I am aware that these are two very unrelated career paths however after the Marines (5 ish years in my mind) I would want to use my degree to work in the Cybersecurity industry. I am worried however that my time in the Marines will negatively affected my employment oppurtunities as it doesn't have anything to do with Cybersecurity and employers will feel I've been out the field to long or something.

I was just wondering what peoples opinions were on the subject. I'm very passionate about both of them and would really struggle choosing betweeen the two, so I'm hoping someone could provide some insight.

Thanks in advance.
You've summarised the problem very well. Being in the Armed Forces is often a positive to employers, but being able to tab for miles is just going to create a knowledge gap for cybersecurity work.

You could look at the cybersecurity options that are opening up in the forces, but that might mean not joining the RM. You could look at Reserve RM duties while working in cs. You could do the degree, join the RM and then plan on doing a Masters on leaving to refresh and update your skills.
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Thanks for the response!I have looked into more Cybersecurity based alternatives within the forces but like I said the RM are a real passion of mine. I have thought about pursuing a masters after the RM and think may well be an option for me.Another idea I've had is taking part in a graduate apprenticeship scheme which will hopefully get me a degree and actual work experience which might appeal more to future employers as it shows despite my gap, I have worked in the industry at some point.I know in a lot of ways I'm trying to
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As you wouldn't be joining the RM for some 5 years, I am wondering whether there would be something to gain from joining the Reserves in the meantime. There's a specialist unit called HMS Ferret which may have something useful for you. During the next 5 years, your contact with the Service could help you to clarify your direction - you might actually find yourself drawn to an alternative such as Weapon Engineer Officer (if your degree is considered suitable by the AIB).

Do you know at which University you are likely to be studying?
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I meant to mention that there is a dedicated forum for the Royal Marines, run by a group of experienced Royal Navy/Royal Marines Careers Advisors who work in an AFCO plus some serving RMs.

https://www.royalmarines.uk/
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The above is just a chst site; this is the official Royal Marines recruitment website:

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...rines-commando
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JR

As you wouldn't be joining the RM for some 5 years, I am wondering whether there would be something to gain from joining the Reserves in the meantime. There's a specialist unit called HMS Ferret which may have something useful for you. During the next 5 years, your contact with the Service could help you to clarify your direction - you might actually find yourself drawn to an alternative such as Weapon Engineer Officer (if your degree is considered suitable by the AIB).

Do you know at which University you are likely to be studying?
Its most likely going to be Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow Caledonian or Glasgow University I'll be at, I'm pretty sure the Royal marines Reserve have a base in Glasgow so that may well come in handy.
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Given your subject, I would contact one of the two main RNR units in the area.

It could lead to contact with HMS Ferret and the chance to develop specialist professional skills.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/scotia

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-org...units/dalriada

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-org...e/units/ferret
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