BSC (HONS) POLICING AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (2012)
Since a young age Kate Molloy had always aspired to be in the Police Service and after graduating from UCLan with a BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation degree in 2012, she fulfilled her dream and became a Police Constable in the Cumbria Constabulary.
During her teens she was involved with underage surveys for Trading Standards and volunteered as a Police Cadet for Merseyside Police. This equipped her with experience and an understanding of criminal law before she decided to broaden her knowledge of policing and investigative techniques at University.
“Studying the course was one of the best decisions I ever made,” Kate recalls. “I was reluctant to go to University, but when I started the course I was so interested in the topics, and the teaching staff had such a vast amount of knowledge and experience that made me want to learn more, and enabled me to think differently and more objectively. I made friends from all over the country and wanted to be involved in other aspects of university life, so I worked for the Flying Start project as a peer mentor and volunteered as a course representative.”
After graduation Kate completed a brief two month stint as a student liaison officer at the university before leaving to join the Greater Manchester Police as an investigative assistant on the Major Incident Team. In July 2014, she joined the Cumbria Constabulary where she is currently working as a Police Constable.
“My greatest achievement since graduation is of course moving across the country to join Cumbria Constabulary to fulfil my ambition of becoming a Police Constable. But I am also really blessed to have worked as part of high profile major investigations at Greater Manchester Police with a fantastic team of experienced officers and I really treasure the experience from working there.”
“The people and staff I met at UCLan, and the experiences from the course, part-time work and volunteer work at the University have helped me get to where I am now.”
TOP TIP FOR UNDERGRADUATES: “Get practical experience in a paid or voluntary capacity to provide you with greater experience and ensure it is what you want to do. Work hard and finally, don’t give up. You may get rejection and make mistakes. I had rejections from jobs after University. Don’t let it put you off. Keep going, push yourself and persist in your goals because you will get there in the end.”