Training or schooling with cyber security is great for gaining certificates or degrees. Not too many schools have cyber security programs but those who do offer other classes that make a cyber security degree. Cyber security certificate programs are very competitive. Having a base in programming or development will help you toward a more technical goal, whereas a managerial side of cyber security would be a better fit if you don’t have that base. But no need to worry, gaining a certificate or degree has many paths. Along with that journey, you can attend online or in person. Depending on your school, you may be electable for not only in class but for online classes as well, which is a great learning avenue. But having the degree in cyber security is the goal. To obtain the degree there will be multiple courses that need to be taken not involved in cyber security. Just like any other degree you will need to have some sort of financial aid to gain the degree.
Internships in companies will give you the training you need to complete your goal as well as gaining your degree. Finding the right company to be accepted to will require research. Landing a job in the cyber security field is all about knowing your industry’s needs. The goal in researching what kind of job you need in the industry will help steer you toward the specific certificates you need along with your degree to land a cyber security position. Being confident in your learning style, whether that be online or in person is a crutital part of learning your new job. Do you know anyone in the field where you can ask questions about your up and coming new job? It’s hard sometimes finding someone in person who knows about the cyber security industry, so looking for answers online may help you in your research on your journey. Another thing to understand about yourself before going into this field is, can you manage yourself and how are your time management skills, because those are things that employers will ask about first.
Exceeding your goals outside your degree, is a good way to motivate for outside training. Though your goal was to gain your degree, there is so much more than just the degree, training and making connections outside the classroom will also help you become a better cyber security advocate to employers. Having a thirst for knowledge in cyber security should fuel your need to gain certificates, experience and ultimately your degree. Though earning the degree is the end goal, the real mindset you should have is the need to always keep learning, or your degree will be useless. Remembering all these aspects, I hope you still wish to gain a degree in such a rewarding industry like cyber security.