A Career in Cyber Security

A Career in Cyber Security
 
Qufaro have recently announced some Q&A blog guides to offer guidance for careers in cyber security which are aimed at school students/school leavers.  
 
As a STEM Ambassador who happens to hold an executive role in a cyber business, I often get asked to speak in schools about careers in Cyber Security. Something that I’m always delighted to do!
There is a core of questions that nearly always get asked:
 
Is it well paid? Yes!
 
One recruitment website is currently showing the average salary for Cyber Security jobs in London is £77,500.
 
Is there a demand/a job for me? Yes!
 
There is currently a large and increasing shortfall in the industry. Studies suggest that there will be a shortfall of 100,000 professionals in the UK alone by 2022.
 
Do I need to be a techie, wear a hoodie and spend my days in a dark room eating pizza? No! (Unless that’s what you really want to do.)
While there is a need for people with technical skills, many of the best cyber security professionals I know have come from non-technical backgrounds. I know former economists, musicians and even teachers in the profession. The profession is welcoming of people from diverse backgrounds.
 
What do I need to do to get into Cyber Security? Further study or employment.
The classical route has been to study a cyber related degree such as computer science. A more recent approach has been to join a cyber apprenticeship programme with many large and small employers offering higher and degree apprenticeship opportunities.
 
To pursue either option, it really helps to demonstrate you have a genuine interest in the subject and have done something to develop your understanding and skills in Cyber Security.
 
There are a number of things that a student can do to stand out:
 
1. Cyber Discovery: a government sponsored initiative to develop some of the technical skills.
 
2. Cyber Centurion: a team-based competition run by The Cyber Security Challenge.
 
3. The CyberEPQ: an Extended Project Qualification specifically in cyber security aimed primarily at sixth form students with all learning content provided on-line (teachers will be relieved to know that they don’t need to have... Read more

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