How to start a Cyber Security career during a pandemic | Cyber Security

Here at Cyber Security Training we are launching a new series of blogs designed to help entry level cyber candidates access the world of cyber security training courses
Our first blog is designed to offer entry level candidates 10 guidance points to help establish a career in cyber security during the pandemic and to help navigate the myriad of training courses resources and programmes available. 
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive include:
Should I study for a Masters degree? 
Is it worth taking a paid course? Will it guarantee me a job at the end of it? 
How can I achieve all of this when I am not earning any money?
What free resources are out there?  
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to achieving a career in cyber security and much depends on your own research, hard work, dedication and network building. It's important to manage your own expectations and set yourself realistic objectives.
We have compiled a 10 point guide to enable you to start your journey and increase your chances of landing your first role. The list below is designed to enable further research. 
With much uncertainty regarding jobs with the background of a pandemic it is reassuring to note that many organisations are looking to increase their cyber security intakes. A recent study by Beecher Madden indicates that demand to hire is up. The catch is many roles still require candidates with experience. If you have no experience, you do have option to start building that experience using some of the resources below. 
1). Register for – join our early careers virtual event. Register for free on the site.  4 March 2021.
2). Set up a course alert for your chosen courses and research and evaluate the options. 
3). If you already have some experience and foundation level certifications join our Cyber Security Expo  careers and training virtual event to speak with hiring managers and cyber training providers. 17 Nov 2020.
4). View our entry level cyber schemes and search for free webinars and cyber security training courses on our site.
5). Take a cyber security foundation course .
6). Set up a graduate cyber security job alert and get instant notification when these roles are available. 
7). Free online resources and labs for learning how to become an ethical hacker or penetration tester.  
8). Join a cyber learning academy where you can fund your training once you secure your first role. 
Attend cyber industry events, conferences and careers fairs and exhibitions, learn more about the sector and the technology. This will help you establish new contacts, learn about the latest industry trends and developments.
9). Set up a LinkedIn Profile and list all the learning and certifications you are undertaking. Make sure in your personal statement you detail the type of role you are looking for. Join LinkedIn cyber career groups and expand your network. 
10).  Have you thought about taking a Masters degree in cyber security or an affiliated field? 
If you are struggling to find a role maybe further post graduate study could be the way forward for you? Many senior level cyber roles require a post grad qualification in cyber security. Achieving this could open new possibilities for your career. 
Many universities are now offering online, virtual, or blended learning solutions plus you can study part time to give you greater flexibility. You may qualify for government funding for post graduate study here .
Research all our post grad cyber security training courses here.

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