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Career change

Veteran

KOSSI FANDOUMI Louisville, KY

I am currently a Reservist in the NAVY. I have been a medical lab tech for the last 10 years and I am looking forward to a career change. I would like to get into cybersecurity ( No formal IT training at this point).
Any advice or mentor will be very appreciated.

20 December 2020 5 replies General

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Advisor

Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!

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Advisor

Brock Renshaw Tampa, FL

Hi

Cyber security spans a plethora of options for you. Do you want to dig into the IT details or would you prefer to dig into the threat actors? Or do you want to manage cyber analysts? Work incident response or cyber risk? Or a combo of those. Also those are not an exhaustive list of cyber options.

Does the Navy offer you an opportunity to do cyber? Can you change your rate to become a Navy cyber specialist?

Send me an email at brock.renshaw@citi.com with a few times you can meet for 30-60 mins to discuss.

There are many paths you can take. Just depends on which one is right for you.

Comptia and ISACA offer several certifications which employers desire.

The demand for cyber folks outweighs the supply so now is a good time to consider the move.

Brock

Veteran

KOSSI FANDOUMI Louisville, KY

Thank you Jerry for your valuable input. I will take it into consideration.

Advisor

Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

Kossi,
First conduct some career research in cybersecurity. Know what positions need and what typed of education and/or certificate. DO NOT let a university sell you a credit until you know what the market wants. Conduct some informational interviews, with current cybersecurity folks. Look up what an informational interview is, be structured in you questioning. Here are a couple of quick reads, you need to slowly build a LinkedIn profile. Thanks for your service, God Bless. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/come-prepared-transition-process-gap-between-civilian-jerry-welsh/
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-more-right-jerry-welsh/

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