Careers and employability
The SECCLO graduates are well trained for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies at the partner universities and internationally.
One of the major trends in new ICT products and services - as well as was in other businesses that strive for digitalization - is that services are distributed between cloud computing platforms and heterogeneous computing devices. Their design and implementation requires engineers to master various computing platforms from data centers to mobile devices, communication technologies, connected appliances in the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet, and the security and reliability aspects of distributed systems.
All new services and all new business depend on computation, the mastering of software code and data, and the computation and data are now located in the cloud. SECCLO directly addresses education needs in these areas.
The computing environments are in continuous change, and engineers need strong understanding of fundamental design principles and abstractions so that they can not only keep up with the technology but drive its development.
There is currently a critical shortage of professionals in Europe and worldwide who are able to develop products and services for the modern cloud and mobile computing platforms and do this in a secure way. SECCLO educates professional R&D engineers to fill this shortage.
Innovation and R&D focus
SECCLO differs from most information security programmes in that it links security studies tightly with product and service development skills. We have made this choice because the ability to innovate and develop new products and services is what has the most potential for creating new business growth.
Information security is an essential qualitative requirement for all digital products and services, akin to quality or usability.
Our graduates will be able to understand the latest security technologies and research, continuously update their knowledge, and apply it to the development of new cloud and mobile computing solutions.
Ultimately, this will help to increase European mindshare in global innovation and online business. It also ensures the graduates’ long-term employability in comparison to programmes with narrower focus.
The SECCLO programme provides its students with the profound experience of working and studying in multiple countries in an international environment. The networking and interaction with fellow students from a variety of countries is beneficial both professionally and socially.
During the studies, students will gain experience from two countries and spend sufficiently time at each to build real ties to local community and country. After graduation, the experience enables the students to work in multi-national and multi-language environments as well as to collaborate across cultural boundaries. Such skills are essential in the competitive ICT and software engineering world. The willingness be mobile and to migrate globally are critical skills for the future success of SECCLO alumni.
Support during studies
All of the consortium universities have strong ties to national and European industry. SECCLO further supports industry contacts by e.g.
- Industry thesis projects: The majority of the Master's theses projects are provided by companies. In most cases, the company hires the student on a six-month contract and the work is done at the company premises. Thus, the student gains real work experience as a member of an industrial R&D team.
- Summer internship: The mandatory summer internship at the end of the first year gives students another glimpse of the working world. The internship was included in the curriculum because of pressure from technology companies, particularly in Finland, to give them better access to the students with the view of future hiring.
- Industry involvement in teaching: The associate members are companies and institutions that are already closely collaborating with the universities on education and providing regular feedback on the curriculum. These may involve contributing guest lectures, seminar project supervision, and multiple annually changing special courses.
- All consortium universities have Career Services that provide additional guidance related to internship, thesis and job possibilities, both during studies and after graduation. There are also career fairs and events organized on and off campus by the consortium universities.
According to the statistics on SECCLO's predecessor, NordSecMob:
- Out of the total of 202 students graduated from NordSecMob by September 2015, 95% had found a job within 6 months after graduation.
Typical job titles of NordSecMob alumni are, e.g.:
Software Engineer, Security Analyst, Development Engineer, Software & Systems Reliability Engineer, IT Security Specialist, R&D Engineer, Wireless Engineer, Enterprise Data Architect, Security Architect, Data Scientist, Web Developer, Security Engineer, Mobile Developer, Research Assistant, Doctoral Student,...
Examples of companies where NordSecMob alumni work or have been employed include, e.g.:
Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia, Google, F-Secure Corporation, Facebook, Amazon, Accenture, Nordea Bank, Skype, Siemens, Telia Company, Alibaba Group, IBM Research, Danske Babk, FireEye, Inc., EY,...
Universities where NordSecMob alumni are doing or have done their doctoral studies include (in addition to consortium universities), e.g.:
Imperial College London, University of Oxford, UC Irvine, Saarland University, TU Eindhoven, Northern Kentucky University, University of Waterloo, ETH Zurich, TU Darmstadt, University of Glasgow, TU Berlin, University of South Australia, EPFL, Ku Leuven, University of Geneva, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Trento, ...