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UPDATE: Found my Mentor! Thank you all. "What are some great resources to find a career mentor for a seasoned professional?"


Michael Schwartz Fredericksburg, VA

After being fitted with a certified service dog, I entered Voc Rehab and plan to finish up my bachelors degree with a focus in Cyber Security in December 2020. I have been in the IT field for over 20 years and looking for a career mentor to help guide me back into the work force and reach my career goals.

3 March 2020 5 replies Mentoring



Deb Yeagle Tampa, FL

Thanks for your service!
I recommend connecting with the DC or NoVA Chapters of AFCEA as a potential source of mentors in the IT/Cyber field.
Good luck!
P.S. Fred’burg is my hometown!


Missy Lefmann Little River, SC

Once you complete your degree, there are many job opportunities to sell Cybersecurity products. I recommend Sales since the trend I am seeing is that companies who have/had cybersecurity teams are now outsourcing to different companies and not keeping on site staff.


Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

Another idea is to look for a mentor where you are getting your degree. Most academic organizations try to stay in touch with graduates and many have mentor groups. Hope that helps and best of luck to you!



Good for you. Finish your degree. That is absolutely essential. No excuses.

Next, join Toastmasters, (google the nearest group in your town), and get really comfortable making public presentations. Push yourself.

When you interview for a job, it will become quite evident to the interviewer that you can speak well and comfortably..

Good luck. (Good luck is 90% hard work and 10% chance).
Francis J. Tepedino


Jennifer Mackin Avon Lake, OH

You may want to consider joining a professional association/organization where individuals in your field meet together, share ideas, and keep current of topics and trends. Finding people in your field this way may help build relationships and source someone who is interested in a mentoring relationship.

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