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Who can I connect with to get IT training while working


Deana Cannon Topeka, KS

I am stuck in the nursing field with zero opportunity for advancement and with my disabilities increasing with age I can no longer do my job safely or effectively. I love computers and I have a passion for investigative work but I feel cyber would be my best fit.

23 October 2019 6 replies Education & Training



June R Massoud Burlington, VT

Hello Deanna, I'm a lady computer engineer with over 25 years of engineering and computer science experience. Well, I must say that maybe you could work in cybersecurity as you mention. Look into taking online courses in the field. Sometimes community colleges offer these courses. Additionally, people like ACM - Association for Computing Machinery or IEEE have memberships for Associates if you're not an electrical/electronics engineer or computer scientist where you could become a member of the organization and avail of their online courses. I know that both ACM and IEEE give excellent online courses. Look into it. I hope this helps. Cheers, June R Massoud


Julia Scott Spring, TX

Hi Deanna,

Have you explored being a nurse on the phone for insurance providers? Many insurance companies have nurse helplines for members to call in with medical questions. Also, a friend of mine has worked for various companies working with patients on disability leave/ workmans comp (companies like UNUM) to prevent fraud. You don't need special computer skills, you'd just have to learn their software I'd think.

I wish you the best of luck!


Jodie Prieto-Rodriguez Pittsburgh, PA


Some of my colleagues have found themselves in similar situations. One of my Peers started doing the Free Saleforce training and few years ago and is now the account manager for 3 large, and 2 small teams. He works remotely from home and manages a team. He only has to travel to client locations for 1-to-1 collaboration sporadically (2-3 times a year). Its free, adopted by most major businesses as an online interface, and pays off.


Lowell Sandoval Seattle, WA

Deana, software security is a large and growing opportunity as Internet of Things and the Cloud experience expands. Not knowing your background, its tuff to say where to start.

I would recommend who provides online instruction as you have time. They provide video instruction, lessons to practice and access to the instructor. A lot of them are prep for certifications. The price for most are only around $12.99 for the whole course.

Hope that helps.

Lowell Sandoval
CEO, spgFix, LLC.


Jennifer Gonzalez New York, NY

Hello Deana,
Thank you for your question, and I am sorry to hear that your disabilities are impacting your work as a nurse. I think your passion for computers, especially Cybersecurity, is great. I can offer you a few resources in that field that might be helpful.

The website, ( ), is great for helping you choose a program in cybersecurity and other related fields. Also, DHS/Hire Our Heroes
( and Facebook ( offer Free Cyber Training courses to Veterans.

You can always use the community option here and directly message advisors in Cybersecurity and ask them any questions you have. I wish you luck and hope I was able to offer you a little bit of help.

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