How to Tell if a Career in Cybersecurity is Right for Me?

Have you ever considered a career in cybersecurity? If so, you may have some questions before moving forward.

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing. In 2019, 70 percent of qualifying organizations regularly implemented protective network systems to prevent cyber threats from compromising daily operations. As this trend continues, the door to a rewarding career in cyber technology and protection should follow. 

Below we’ve detailed a list of questions you should consider before pursuing a career in cybersecurity and how WVJC Online can help you reach your goals. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Before entering any technology field, you should ask yourself, “What will I spend my time doing?” There are various entry-to-high level field opportunities in cybersecurity. It would be best to begin by researching each position. This will help you start formulating opinions about your level of interest and whether a cybersecurity career would be a good fit for you. 

At WVJC Online, we will help to prepare you for a career in any one of the following fields:

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Cyber Operation Specialist
  • Data Recovery Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Malware Analyst
  • Pen Tester
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Help Desk Analyst

Do you have an ability to uncover and reporting sensitive information related to the success of an organization (Incident Responder)? What about simulating a company’s black hat attacks to improve back-end protective systems (Pen Tester)? Would you enjoy identifying, examining, and understanding various forms of malware and their delivery methods (Malware Analyst)?

Answering positively to some of these questions will help push you in the right direction towards a career in cybersecurity. 

WHAT DOES THIS COMMITMENT LOOK LIKE?

In almost any profession, a commitment to lifelong learning is essential to establishing a successful career. Therefore, you should consider if a commitment to self-education in cybersecurity is worthwhile. With each passing year in the modern world, methods, field knowledge, and technology will continue to improve — as will those cyber threats you are tasked to mitigate. 

You should ask yourself the following three questions:

  • Do you enjoy learning about technology?
  • Do you like the prospect of implementing your skills in a professional work environment?
  • Are you willing to keep your skills up-to-date and continue developing them over time?

Cybersecurity is a field alive with opportunities. The best candidates are those who take a long-term approach to learn in their respective fields.

WILL I HAVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE?

A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity will require proper education, training, and certification.* At WVJC Online, we’re committed to providing all three. Our 90 credit program will provide you with the quality education, training, and opportunity for certification* that you’ll need before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

However, nothing is better than firsthand experience. We help students gain hands-on experience by providing an externship at the end of their program.

If you’ve made it this far, but aren’t sold on the idea of a career in cybersecurity just yet, look in your community for employment opportunities, externships, or related engagements into gaining experiential knowledge of this field.

Just like a prospect for the police academy, a ride-along might be what you need before making a well-informed decision about your future. This could be a place for you to garner and hone the skills necessary for a satisfying and rewarding career in cybersecurity and protection. 

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

WVJC Online offers a cybersecurity program designed to develop cybersecurity and system administration skills that will make you a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities. 

Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be an excellent move for you and your future. The exciting field of cybersecurity is growing, and employers are hiring trained candidates to fill these positions. In our program, you can learn to succeed without prior cybersecurity knowledge, making it beginner-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, call us at 877-25ONLINE or click here to apply to our Cybersecurity program and find out how you can start your journey to a new career in cybersecurity today!

 

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

Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and offer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.

As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”

Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She offered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please request information here!

Brittany Remington – Staff Highlight

“I took this position because I come from a background of encouraging people to reach their full potential. One of my personal goals is to help others overcome challenges. In the position of Director of Career Management, I am able to help students succeed and reach their goals.” – Brittany Remington

As the Director of Career Management at West Virginia Junior College, Brittany Remington assists WVJC students and graduates with employment opportunities. Her role is to develop long-lasting partnerships in our local community while still serving WVJC students. Brittany instructs a Career Preparation course at the end of each student’s program where she assists them in resume building, interview skills, submitting job applications, and continuing to work on their professional communication skills.

When asked what motivates her, she had this to say. “What motivates me is going through the journey with my students and seeing them reach their goal of obtaining their dream careers.”

Prior to working at WVJC, Brittany worked in mental health as a Team Lead Therapist for a school-based partial hospitalization program. She worked closely with high school students to improve their social skills and develop their personal relationships. This path led her to WVJC as a means to work in an environment that would allow her to assist students and graduates in higher education to develop professional relationships. Brittany enjoys the element of career management that allows her to work with local employers and be a liaison between student or graduate and employer.

When asked what her favorite part about working at WVJC is, Brittany said, “Every day is different here! I love the ability to work with such a broad and diverse group of students, graduates, and employers. I like the fact that I am given the opportunity to wear many different hats in my position. On any given day, I can be found working with students, graduates, employers, and leaders in the community. When I am not working with the aforementioned groups of people, you can find me working with faculty and staff developing strategies to provide high-level services for our students and graduates.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the career services that WVJC offers students and graduates, request information here!

The Importance Of An Externship at WVJC

West Virginia Junior College offers many great experiences to help you start your career. From the instruction specific to your program, to the exceptionally dedicated staff and faculty, our staff does everything they can to help our students be successful. Additionally, all enrolled students participate in an externship that is specific to their program. Whether you are a residential or online student, an externship will be completed. These externships provide hands-on experience for our students in the field they will be working in.

The dedicated range of hours necessary to complete your externship is 90 or 160 hours. These hours are completed in a 12-week time span. WVJC has developed many relationships with reputable businesses in and around our student’s location of residency to assist with making their externship term go as smoothly as possible.

Being given the opportunity to work with a location site for your externship hours is beneficial in more than one way. This opportunity should be added to a professional resume, giving employers the opportunity to see hands-on experiences gained to partner with your education. Many WVJC students are offered employment opportunities from the locations at which they complete their externship.

WVJC strives for student success and promotes the valuable experiences that students are able to achieve within their externships.

To learn more about WVJC’s externship program, request information here!

Clinical Medical Assistant Program

The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College prepares students for careers in the medical field in a short term, 18-month program.  Successful medical assistants are dependable, have strong communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and are compassionate while providing patient care. WVJC medical assisting students receive hands-on training that includes taking patients’ vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, performing and reading EKGs, assisting with medical examinations, and more!

In addition to the hands-on training students receive in the classroom, students complete a 160-hour externship. During the externship, students have the opportunity to observe and apply the skill sets they have gained in the program, in a real work setting.  Clinical Medical Assistant Program Director, Chelsea Abbott states, “Externship is an excellent opportunity for students to network with area professionals and practices the skills they’ve learned in the program.” WVJC Career Management Director, Selena Ramey states, “When students excel during the externship, it can often lead to employment opportunities.”

Graduates from the Clinical Medical Assistant program earn an associate degree and have the opportunity to sit for certification examinations through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).  Students receive training at such a high level that they are eligible to sit for the following certifications through NHA: Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, and EKG Technician. Certifications provide employers third party proof that graduates have the knowledge to be successful in their medical careers.

If you are interested in becoming an essential employee in the healthcare field and learning more about the fast track, career-based programs at WVJC, request information here!