With ambitions of becoming a Police officer, Emma McGann started out on the Foundation Policing course at the University of Central Lancashire. During the two year course she developed a keen interest in fraud and decided that she wanted to go into a more investigative role and opted to complete a top-up year, graduating from UCLan in 2014 with a degree in Policing and Criminal Investigation.
In her current role as a Fraud Investigator, Emma is responsible for investigating fraudulent credit applications within a finance company.
“I work closely with CIFAS – the UK’s national fraud database and submit filings to them regarding people who have committed fraud and also those who have been a victim of fraud. I have a number of ongoing cases under investigation at one time where I will solely gather evidence and prepare to telephone interview possible fraudsters who are impersonating a genuine party to obtain credit in their name.”
Thinking back to her time at UCLan, Emma said “My degree has definitely helped me and impacted on my current employment. The company were looking for someone educated to degree level before even considering the application. The academic skills I learnt at university have really helped me in my role and the help I received off tutors at the university with interview preparation and help with applications and references helped prepare me for it too.”
During her time at university, Emma worked in a variety of part time role including jobs in retail, administration and customer service which gave her invaluable communication skills. In the run up to graduation, she completed the final stages of training within the Greater Manchester Police as a Special Constable and although she had no intention of becoming a full time Police Officer, the role gave her significant experience in investigations and preparing cases.
“Since graduating from university I feel my greatest achievement is starting my career in a job I want to do and a job I enjoy. I was one of the ones lucky enough to come out of university and go straight into a career. I have already been there 9 months and love my job and have begun progressing straight away, with my manager putting me forward for further training to become a personal case worker for victims of identity theft as part of my investigations role.”
TOP TIP FOR UNDERGRADUATES: “I would really recommend trying to get yourself out there and try to do other things as well as university to help get you more work and life experience. Although my job wanted me to have a degree for the role, the things that sold myself more in my interview was how prepared I was for it and the amount of experience I could offer compared to other people who had applied. If you can do any volunteering work then put yourself forward for it, some employers see it as a real positive!”