1. What do you like about your job?
A great element to my job is that no two days are the same. There is always a new investigation which has a different element or circumstance to review - keeping each day interesting.
Being an investigator puts you in high pressure situations at times, but it is so rewarding when you have run an end to end investigation which starts from nothing and ends with having identified so many uncovered pathways. Being able to link all of these unknowns together, creating a picture of something that was never there before and then putting these to a suspect or person of interest for response is very satisfying.
2. How did you get into this role?
For me, getting into the world of security was not planned and I really just "fell into it". When I had left high school all those many years ago now, I really didn't know what I wanted to do with my life - career wise. I went off to uni and studied Ancient History - majoring in Egyptology as that was something I was always passionate about, but as time passed I realised I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it when I finished - I didn't want to become a teacher or an archaeologist. I got a job doing admin work to start earning money, and it was at this time I met a lady working in the same company as me who specialised in Asset Protection and Investigations for the company. I started assisting her by doing admin work a couple of days a week for her and then slowly over time I realised the work she was doing was so interesting, I eventually got an opportunity in the team when a position became available after some time - I applied for it and was successful and I have never looked back since.
My advice here is that you don't always have to know where your path will lead you at the outset, and don't be worried if you feel you are unsure. Just take each step at a time and your journey may change at times, but that's ok, but remember to keep evolving and growing along with your journey
3. An example of what you do each day.
Stakeholder engagement / management is a big part of my role as I am constantly dealing with different people from the business when working through investigations. Typically my key stakeholders include, HR, Employee Relations, legal and direct teams / management from different business units.
Managing investigations on a day to day basis - receiving a referral,working through the issue, obtaining evidence . information, speaking to witnesses, case management admin and adhering to governance processes and requirements.
I also deal a lot with external stakeholders from law enforcement and government agencies such as the Director of Public Prosecutions, and attend court proceedings on behalf of the business as required.
4. What would you say to others who are considering following the same career path? (Your Words of Wisdom)
A career of an investigator is not for the faint hearted, it requires confidence, analytical skills and puts you in difficult situations of having to confront others.
All of these traits can be learnt of course, and it is so rewarding being able to take on an investigation which started with little or no information and ending up with a complete picture which you built - to then put to a suspect or person of interest.
It is an intriguing and exciting career path and once I would highly recommend considering.