An Insider’s Guide to the Skills and Knowledge You Need to Launch a Career in Cybersecurity

By Jesse Varsalone

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for information security analysts is projected to increase 31% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all other occupations. Although the demand for cybersecurity jobs continues to grow, anyone interested in pursuing a career must figure out where to invest the time and resources needed to rise above the competition.

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When it comes to setting themselves apart from other job seekers, one of the unique challenges faced by the increasing number of military veterans entering the civilian job market can be described, literally, as a language barrier.

Military lingo is filled with words and acronyms that are not commonly used in the civilian world. (Do you know what the CINCPAC is?) So it’s no surprise that when a veteran creates a résumé, it might seem as though the document were written in a foreign language. And often, the skills that can make a veteran stand out—skills such as leadership and resources and personnel management—are lost in military speak, perhaps derailing a job applicant’s candidacy prematurely.Continue Reading

Paving the Way to a New Career

A friend of mine, who I admire, wrote this profound statement on her social media status, “Don’t let one goal end without setting another in motion.” I immediately thought that it was timely advice for many college students transitioning to a new career. Have you thought about your career transition after graduation? What do you want to get out of your degree? Here are some tips on career planning ahead.

It’s Your Career: Own IT! News Flash: Having a degree in _____(you fill in the blank) is not your instant meal ticket to success. When you hear someone say, “This degree has done nothing for me,” it’s probably a result of poor career planning. Remember in life you’re guaranteed nothing, so be intentional about your next move. Very few people get handed opportunities so create a path to collide with them.

Apply Patience. Your first job after graduation may not be exactly what you always dreamed of, but proper planning will help ensure that it’s at the very least a building block. Most recent graduates obviously lack experience so seek opportunities to gain experience prior to the completion of your program if possible through internships, volunteering, or participating in professional organizations.

Ready or Not Search Early. Keep a pulse on industry trends and what the market demands so you can prepare and align yourself accordingly. Starting your job search before you’re ready will do just that. It will be easier for you to discover where to look, who to connect with and uncover resources along the way without the pressure of finding something immediately.

Write It Down. Whether you create a formal plan, flow chart, journal, or simply list your goals, writing them down will increase your chances of following through. When choosing your career goal don’t write something down because it sounds good. Ensure that it’s connected with your desire and passion. Do not let your present circumstances detour you from dreaming big.

If you’re thinking, “I wish I would have gotten this advice earlier,” it’s not too late to implement these tips. Remember what lies ahead in your career depends on the plan you laid before. Ready or not…set….GO PLAN!

Cathy Francois, MBA, GCDF; Cathy is a Career Advising Specialist for Career Services at UMUC. She is passionate about connecting the UMUC community to their dream jobs. 

Over 50 And Job Searching Tips

Many mature employees, age 50 or older, approach the job search with a defeated attitude. Prejudice against older workers can still be a factor in the market and workers over 50 should be prepared to convince prospective employers that they aren’t too old to learn new things and they have the energy to work as hard as people in their 20s. Companies are looking for workers who can easily adapt to change, have current skills, learn new things and are technology savvy.

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