International graduate's experience integrating AI into forensics

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Carlos saw the potential of artificial intelligence in transforming forensic investigation. Read about why those with AI knowledge will have an advantage.

Meet Carlos Mejia Hernandez from Colombia who chose to develop his expertise in Artificial Intelligence, recognising its pivotal role in the future.

Software Engineering is in high demand across Australia with a projected 27% job growth in the next 5 years. A Software Engineering degree provides the technical abilities and core soft skills required for a career in the technology field. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its integration into work and life, understanding the role it plays within the technology industry will help you get ahead.

Carlos Mejia Hernandez chose to study a Bachelor of Software Engineering in Artificial Intelligence due to recognising the pivotal role AI plays across various sectors. “I currently work as a Senior Digital Forensic Analyst in the Cyber & Incident Response Team at Forensics IT, and given this background, I saw the potential of AI to transform investigations, increase data accuracy and expedite case resolutions. The ever-evolving nature of AI also promises ongoing challenges and learning opportunities in the realm of digital forensics.”

With the demand for Software Engineering graduates, Carlos chose to study in Australia due to it providing exposure to international perspectives and deepened knowledge in Artificial Intelligence. "The enhanced networking opportunities in the Melbourne technology community have helped me in my career and have bolstered my linguistic skills in English.” said Carlos

Where will Software Engineering take you in the future?

Software Engineering courses teach a variety of skills required in the workplace and Carlos explains, “I’ve improved my problem-solving and technical analysis capabilities, gaining expertise in software development, algorithms, machine learning models, techniques and their applications. My study complemented my background in digital forensics which has equipped me with the capability to integrate AI into investigative methodologies and tools and have been able to strengthen my position as an analyst.”

With the convergence of Artificial Intelligence and digital forensics, Carlos believes, “professionals with expertise in both areas have a unique advantage in leading the industry forward. Being bilingual will open doors for collaboration and this intersection of skills and experience can play a pivotal role in enhancing international collaborations, especially in addressing cross-border cyber issues.”

Why study Software Engineering in Australia?

Studying in Australia can open many doors for international students and there are many ways to make the most out of your degree. Carlos shares his career advice to students and graduates, “make sure you network and connect with professionals in your field. Attend conferences, seminars and webinars to foster relationships and gain insights from experienced individuals. Pursue internships or part-time positions to gain hands-on experience in real-world scenarios and try to diversify your skills to help open up opportunities. Soft skills like communication, critical thinking and adaptability are essential to stand out and don’t be afraid to set clear short and long-term goals to help achieve career success.”

With his own advice in mind, we asked Carlos where he sees himself in 10 years, “I envision myself in a leadership position, overseeing a specialised digital forensic department or consultancy that leverages Artificial Intelligence for innovative forensic methods. I anticipate forming partnerships with international law enforcement bodies or technology bodies to drive the evolution of forensic tools. I hope to shape future graduates through mentoring and contributing in academic areas of research or teaching.”

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