There are a lot of roles in the STEM sector that are known, but little understood. Many roles within research fall into the category.
Understanding those research roles is one thing. Becoming successful in them altogether another. Zeta Dooly, a security researcher at TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), tells us about her career path, and what has brought her to the role she now has.
What first stirred your interest in a career in this area?
I was first enticed to software engineering when mobile phones were not common-place, and so I wanted to be part of the technical revolution. I had already been involved in our family business fixing machines and felt that a hands-on approach to technology would suit me best. Being at the edge of technology innovation is where I’m happiest!
What steps led you to the role you now have?
I started my career in the telecommunication industry, where mobile phones, masts, base stations and emerging Japanese markets were high on the agenda. The global telecommunications maintenance team that I joined were professional, and quick to turn around software system errors to meet stringent SLAs.
Ongoing education – including my research Master’s in 2006 and the doctorate I am currently pursuing – contributes to life-long learning within this dynamic industry.
What were the biggest surprises or challenges you encountered on your career path?
Having moved from industry to research, there is still a gap between ‘live’ systems and ‘research’ systems.
Was there any one person who was particularly influential as your career developed?
My line manager in Ericsson at the beginning of my career was particularly encouraging and helped my mindset to think that anything is possible.
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