A career in Cyber Security is worth considering, but whether it is right for you is a crucial factor to consider before taking the plunge and diving into a Cybersecurity course.
Recently we held an event with Cybersecurity expert Sarah-Jane Madden! She introduced us to Cybersecurity. You can check out her full presentation HERE. Sarah-Jane alluded to three characteristics all good Cybersecurity professionals share which are, attention to detail, inquisitiveness, and patience. So, if you feel these attributes apply to you then a career in Cybersecurity could be a good fit. There are 3 steps toward knowing whether a career in Cybersecurity is right for you and they are researching the field, Understanding the continual learning commitment and the final step is to see Cybersecurity in action.
Step 1 – Research the Field
To know if a career field is right for any of us, we need to have a good understanding of what the field is. To get a handle on what cybersecurity is, start by identifying the different sectors of cybersecurity and related information technology. Recognize that just like medicine, cybersecurity has a lot of areas of specialty. Learn about these specialties and see if any seem to be more of a draw for you.
Step 2 – Understand the Continual Learning Commitment
A career in Cybersecurity is a continual learning commitment as the landscape of Cybersecurity is constantly changing and shifting. It is essential to keep up with the ebbs and flows of the latest technology and practises to keep up with the rest of the field. Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry with a huge skills gap in which only the best jobs go to the most capable and versatile candidates.
Step 3 – See Cyber Security in Action
Consider who you know in the field and ask them to shadow for a few hours. Ask questions and get their feedback. You certainly know a lot of people if you think about it, and those people know people. To whom do you have access that you can speak to or shadow?
Ask a local college to sit in and observe the class. This shouldn’t be an issue with most colleges if they think you are a prospective student. While observing, don’t assess whether the class is challenging or if you understand the topic, because you won’t since you’re just stopping by. Focus on whether you could see yourself there.
These three tips should help you decide whether a career in Cybersecurity is a good fit for you or not.
Find out more on Dublin CODING School Cyber Security course HERE!