Offered a digital forensics role!

si20si20 Senior MemberPosts: 471Member ■■■■□□□□□□
I've been seeking a digital forensics role since early 2014. Almost 2 years later, I attended an interview with 15 people and managed to get into the top 4 and get offered a job. The day consisted of team building exercises, an exam and a presentation. Initially, 4-5 people got knocked out of the 15 and I was in the top 10, then after my presentation, I was told that I was in the top 4 and they were going to offer me the job (in law enforcement).

I'm going to be taking a big pay cut (50%) which sounds absolutely crazy, I know. But for the past 18 months, i've been doing jobs that I hate because I couldn't get into forensics. I currently work in a well-paid job but the actual job role itself is absolutely soul-destroying (I work in a SOC).

I'm waiting on the contract to arrive along with a confirmation of my vetting, and i'm good to go!

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  • dustervoicedustervoice ■■■■□□□□□□ Posts: 877Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats on your new job. Well done!icon_cheers.gif If this is what you really want to do then you shoudn't worry about the money too much i'm sure the money will come in due course. I've also looked at forensic roles here in UK but i would be taking a 75% pay cut. roles are interesting however money sucks. It is really that bad working in a SOC?
  • si20si20 Senior Member Posts: 471Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats on your new job. Well done!icon_cheers.gif If this is what you really want to do then you shoudn't worry about the money too much i'm sure the money will come in due course. I've also looked at forensic roles here in UK but i would be taking a 75% pay cut. roles are interesting however money sucks. It is really that bad working in a SOC?

    Thanks Duster! The money does suck but from what i've seen, once you've got experience in forensics, the money goes up. My observations show that you could have 10+ years IT experience, but unless you have forensics experience, you WILL begin on a basic salary.

    Yes, SOC's are... well, I always point people to this thread, as it explains SOC's perfectly.
  • wayne_wonderwayne_wonder ■■■□□□□□□□ Posts: 215Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    si20 wrote: »
    Thanks Duster! The money does suck but from what i've seen, once you've got experience in forensics, the money goes up. My observations show that you could have 10+ years IT experience, but unless you have forensics experience, you WILL begin on a basic salary.

    Yes, SOC's are... well, I always point people to this thread, as it explains SOC's perfectly.


    I'm in the uk too i saw looking at SOC roles think i will pass now since they're that bad
  • Danielm7Danielm7 ■■■■■■■■□□ Posts: 2,263Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    si20 wrote: »
    Thanks Duster! The money does suck but from what i've seen, once you've got experience in forensics, the money goes up

    I'm not familiar with the UK market, but from the few people I know in the US doing it, you'd have to leave the law enforcement arena to see the salary go up. Either way, congrats on the big move!
  • danny069danny069 ■■■■□□□□□□ Posts: 1,025Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    That sounds like one hell of an interview, congratulations!
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  • Kinet1cKinet1c ■■■□□□□□□□ Posts: 604Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the job!
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  • dustervoicedustervoice ■■■■□□□□□□ Posts: 877Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Danielm7 wrote: »
    I'm not familiar with the UK market, but from the few people I know in the US doing it, you'd have to leave the law enforcement arena to see the salary go up.

    I've seen most of the forensic roles here in the UK advertise for around £25k thats around $39k USD. No one can get me out of bed for that kind of money unless there are no other options!
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,830Mod Mod
    Life is short, glad to see you are pursuing your passion. Congrats on the gig!
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch ■■■■■■■■■■ Posts: 4,157Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    "Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly." - The Zoo Story - Congrats and good luck!
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  • Chev ChelliosChev Chellios Posts: 341Member
    Congrats dude, excellent news!
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 4,009Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats!! icon_cheers.gif
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  • markulousmarkulous ■■■■■■■■□□ Posts: 2,389Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    That's awesome! Congrats!
  • si20si20 Senior Member Posts: 471Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Thanks guys, I appreciate it!
  • coffeeluvrcoffeeluvr Senior Member NCPosts: 734Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congratulations!!
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Posts: 4,033Mod Mod
    Congrats! I'm trying to do the same myself :D
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  • si20si20 Senior Member Posts: 471Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    Congrats! I'm trying to do the same myself :D

    thanks UnixGuy! So you're looking for a forensics role yourself? Any luck so far? It took me a long time to find and land this role!
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,799Mod Mod
    Congrats on the new role!!! Sometimes doing what you enjoy can be worth more than the money itself.
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Posts: 4,033Mod Mod
    si20 wrote: »
    thanks UnixGuy! So you're looking for a forensics role yourself? Any luck so far? It took me a long time to find and land this role!

    or any CERT type role, but no luck so far. I'm not looking hard enough to be honest, waiting for the year to end :)
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