Meet Renee Osbourne
Renee pursued a degree in International Relations at the University of the West Indies (Mona). She also did a double minor in Management Studies and French. Renee currently a store manager but she studied computer science in high school and still feels at ease with technology.
PS: Shortly after completing her degree, Renee went to France to teach English for several months.
What was it like in France?
I enjoyed my time there. I visited the bakeries, went to the opera and very much did all the French things. I also did a lot of travelling; it was a very laid-back situation.
What’s motivating you to move from International Relations to Infosec?
After I graduated, I was thinking to myself, if I had the chance to do it over again, I would have continued with Computer Science. I kept saying that for a few years, while life continued. Even though I wasn’t actively doing anything in tech, I’ve always dabbled. Then one day, I thought to myself, “What’s stopping me from switching?” So, I did some research. I was looking at fields that wouldn’t mean hardcore coding, to begin with, and so I came across cyber security in that sense. Shortly after I saw an ad for the Women in Infosec.
So, what do you think about working in Jamaica compared to France?
I felt it kind of ruined my experience here (Jamaica). I got paid more in France while working part-time than many persons in Jamaica get paid for working a full 40 hours per week. I also received benefits just for being below a certain age. I got housing benefits and discounts for museums etc.
What do you like to do for fun?
Basic stuff like reading, watching movies/series, going to the beach, movies with friends.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve cycled through a lot of hobbies over the years (to give insight, I own a sewing machine and a guitar) but these days I mostly study or do any of the other things that I like to do for fun.
What advice do you have for women interested in Information Security?
InfoSec is a great field to be in because you get to dabble in all areas of technology on some level. For someone like me who likes to try out new things, it’s a good fit. So if you’d like to enter the field, ignore those words in your head that say “no, maybe later” and just start. It may be slow at first but consistency is key.
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