Cybersecurity Jobs: What Are Potential Employers Looking For?

You’ve read our articles, researched the statistics, and determined a career in cybersecurity could be a perfect fit for you. Now, what?

Do you have what it takes to thrive within this comprehensive field of study? Read on to discover what cybersecurity employers are looking for in their next professional. 

DO YOU HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

Managers are looking to answer one fundamental question: Is this person qualified? A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity requires proper education, training, and certification.* We provide our students with the opportunity to gain all three attributes

Degree

According to the (ISC)² 2019 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, you need a degree to qualify for most cybersecurity career opportunities. This includes entry-level positions, as well as those requiring experience. Cybersecurity is an essential function of the contemporary business world. Employers need to know that you are well-trained and knowledgeable in various cybersecurity areas and up-to-date with today’s industry standards.

Experience

Since risk management is critical to the success of modern organizations, employers value real-world cybersecurity experience when making hiring decisions. Candidates who have hands-on experience with simulated cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities are better prepared to handle these scenarios when they happen on the job.

Certifications

Earning and maintaining cybersecurity industry certifications* shows employers that you have the knowledge and skills required. Credentials are created by independent, third-party organizations with high-quality standards. By earning these professional certifications, you’re showing employers that you have met these standards.

With these three relevant credentials on your resume, business owners will be more inclined to pursue an interview and begin the screening process. Your educational background assures them that qualified professionals manage their data, programs, and software.  

DO YOU HAVE THE SKILLS?

A career in cybersecurity involves a compilation of skills and skill sets that differentiate candidates from their competition and can be used toward the professional success of their company.

Employers need candidates ready to hit the ground running and use their hands-on skills to prevent, detect, and combat cybersecurity threats. Alongside these specific skills, employers will be looking for a set of soft skills that enable candidates to learn while on the job. 

Some of those skills include: 

Writing Skills

Cybersecurity professionals deal in detail with data breaches, system mockups, and other informative documents. Therefore, the ability to write technically about these areas is necessary for your success in cybersecurity. 

Interpersonal Skills

Most cybersecurity professionals work in a team environment and are involved in many functional areas of the organization. The ability to work with others isn’t going away anytime soon, so candidates in this field shouldn’t think of themselves as stuck behind a computer screen and away from human interaction. 

Quick Thinking

The ability to think critically and with speed to mitigate potentially threatening damage to network systems is the priority of the cyber manager. Therefore, candidates should assess their ability to act quickly and efficiently under pressure before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

The cybersecurity field is alive with opportunities and is very competitive. The best jobs go to the best candidates, and the best candidates are often those who are the most qualified, prepared, and motivated. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities.

 Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the growing field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, undergo the necessary certification* processes, and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

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Online degrees are one of the best advantages to a technological society.  These degrees can offer you the advantage of flexibility and the ability to keep working while earning your degree.  But not all online degrees are the same, and not everyone is a good fit for an online program. I know what you’re thinking… How could you say that? Well, I know that I am, perhaps, proposing an unpopular thought, but hear me out; we need to talk about some of the basic areas that can affect you in an online degree.

Having the opportunity to continue your education online has open many new avenues for countless people.  But what makes the difference between being successful in an online degree and not? Good question. Let’s look at some of the main factors that you should ask yourself to help decide if online education is the right path for you.

I have broken it down into five areas that we at WVJC-Online have found to be the biggest influences: obligation/responsibilities, dedication, persistence, great communication skills, and your personal learning style. 

First, we need to look at your current obligations and responsibilities.  Are you a single parents who works full time and has three kids under the age of 10?  If that’s the case, it’s hard to go to the bathroom by yourself, let alone dedicate all of the hours needed to be successful in school.  However, what if you plan for your kids to spend every Wednesday night and Saturday at their grandparents? Well, that can free up time to invest in schoolwork.  What if you have a job that has crazy hours; one day its 7am-3pm the next its 4pm-11pm.  It can be difficult to go to class when you need the hours at work, but the schedule does not provide the consistency needed to be successful for an on-ground degree. In this case, being the night owl that you are… you do your best work at 3am… WVJC-Online can accommodate.

Ok, so you have evaluated your obligation and responsibilities in life, have developed a plan to add school, and life is still manageable. Good!  Next we will look at areas 2-5, because we, at WVJC-Online, have found that they always go together.

Dedication: You are the one who decided to better your life by going to school, but you need to realize that things do not happen overnight. The Great Wall of China took 2,000 years to build, we are asking that you give yourself, and us at WVJC online, 18-solid months.

Persistence: You need this when things don’t follow the plan… is it just me or does this happen often?  Your kids get sick, you get sick, and your car breaks down… things happen in life.  The important thing is that you don’t give up! Yes it’s going to be hard, yes it’s going to take effort, but is it worth it? Yes it’s worth it! This is you building your future, instead of someone else dictating it for you.

Communication skills: You have homework due in two days…. You have no idea what the lesson is trying to tell you… who do you call? Ghostbusters!!!  Ok, well not really, but your teacher can help.  We at WVJC-online have a 24 hour policy, if you contact your teacher, they will respond within 24 hours.

Learning style:  Are you a person that needs to hear the material to understand it? Or maybe you have no patience for reading… its annoying and you don’t understand. If you are bobbing your head up and down for those statements, then maybe online isn’t for you.  WVJC-Online degrees are heavily based upon a student’s ability to read and understand basic information; yes the teachers do go over that information but they need you to play your part as well.

We at WVJC-Online want all of our students to succeed! We are here to help! This is a guide to starting the process of looking into your options, asking yourself important questions, and setting yourself up for success in, not only, your education; but your new life after you graduate from WVJC-Online with your associate degree.

If you are interested in learning more about our online degrees here at WVJC-Online, call us at 304-296-8282 or request more information here HERE.