Hayley Hood

  • Current role: Senior Crime Analyst
  • Year of graduation: 2005
  • Degree course: BSc Psychology
'Consider all employment gateways into the Constabulary to enable opportunities for internal career development and progression.'

We asked Hayley...

What is your current role and how did you get to this point in your career?

I am a Senior Crime Analyst in Hertfordshire Constabulary. I started out as a Special Constable whilst completing my BSc Psychology degree. This led onto a MSc degree in Forensic Psychology. Upon completion I was successful in joining the Constabulary as an Assistant Crime Analyst. I then progressed to a full Crime Analyst position. This was followed by periods of acting up as the Senior Analyst in times of absence, giving me the experience to apply for a permanent Senior analyst post.

How did your studies at the University of Hertfordshire help shape your career?

It enabled me to continue on to complete a Masters degree in my field of interest.

What made you decide to study at this University?

It did the course I wanted and it was local to me.

What was the best or most useful thing about your course?

Aiding me in making my decision about which field I was interested in specialising in.

What is your stand out memory from your time at the University?

The breadth of understanding that I developed from my course that enabled me to make decisions about my next steps and career path.

Are you still in contact with friends you met at the University of Hertfordshire?

Yes.

What advice would you give your younger self if you were starting at the University tomorrow?

To build up more real life employment evidence by orientating any part-time employment around the career/field I was seeking to pursue, even if that meant volunteering or utilising work placements in addition to paid employment.

Do you have any advice for University of Hertfordshire graduates who are considering a career in your industry?

Consider all employment gateways into the Constabulary to enable opportunities for internal career development and progression and the ability to then apply for posts that are only advertised and recruited for internally.

What are your future career plans/ ambitions?

To continue identifying methods to safeguard the vulnerable and prevent serious crime.