Jason Cardoz

Meet Jason who identified Leonardo's cyber security apprenticeship as the ideal opportunity to get right into his "dream job", while also going to university.

Bristol   16 April 2019

What did you study at school?

For GCSE, I studied English, maths, science, business studies, drama, ICT, geography and Spanish. For my AS-levels, I studied economics, physics and computer science.

Why was an apprenticeship the right path for you?

I didn’t feel sixth form was right for getting me on the right career path; I wanted to get ‘stuck into action’ rather than spend another year studying for something I probably would not need or use. When I heard about apprenticeships, and especially Leonardo, I found it the perfect opportunity to get right into my dream job plus with the additional benefit of doing university after my level 3 BTEC; it’s a win-win!

Tell us what you do in a typical day

I have only been in Leonardo for around a month, so right now my day varies. Some days are focused on reports, but most days are pretty exciting! Recently, I spent a week setting up and configuring an interesting piece of firewall hardware called a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) with the other apprentices, breaking it and rebuilding it to see how it works. When I’m not destroying hardware, I’m constantly trying to learn how our Security Operation Centre functions and how each team plays a key role to ensure everything runs smoothly.

On Thursdays I go to college to complete my L3 BTEC in IT systems.

What have been your best moments / biggest achievements so far?

Personally, getting this apprenticeship has been the best moment and having the privilege of meeting such a talented and understanding team. Work wise, my biggest achievement so far has to be setting up a Cisco ASA with other apprentices which, in the end, worked beautifully.

What are your career aspirations?

I want to travel the world with Leonardo and hopefully become the managing director of an office in a new country where Leonardo establishes a presence. Alternatively, when I get the right experience and network, start my own company making encrypted phones for the government, companies and public.

Why should someone consider an apprenticeship at Leonardo?

People should consider an apprenticeship with Leonardo because the opportunities given by this company are amazing! The team is super friendly and approachable, and always make time to educate me with their skills, even if it’s just a five-minute chit-chat talk over a coffee. The location of my office in Bristol is awesome; coming from a small town, the city life is pretty amazing so far.