Is it possible for someone without security experience to break into a career in cybersecurity?
Demand for cyber security professionals far exceeds the number of available, qualified people and that gap looks likely to grow wider.
Budding cybersecurity professionals with a strong desire to work in the industry are put off by the often-huge list of skills and qualifications they think are required.
Please don’t let that stop you. Everyone must start somewhere, and if you have a real passion for cybersecurity, and aren’t afraid of hard work then it’s possible to get your foot in the door.
Cybersecurity is full of professionals from many different careers: Accountants, lawyers, sports stars and management consultants. Go to LinkedIn, search for CyberSecurity and you will see the varied careers paths that a lot of the security professionals have.
The career options within cybersecurity are vast and each career path requires a different skill set and personality.
So, here are some steps you can take to break into one of Ireland’s fastest-growing industries.
Employers love to see a desire to learn. It shows a passion for the industry you want to work in. So, find the time, log on to Udacity, Udemy or the Khan Academy and increase your knowledge of cybersecurity. It’s win-win for you and your potential employer.
Get Out and Meet People
Meeting like-minded professionals and others in your domain of interest is one of the best ways to land that job of your dreams. So, log on to meetup.com and search for security events near you. You’ll be surprised at how many there are. You can also attend industry events. They can be found through Eventbrite.ie. You never know, you could shake the hand of your future manager at the first cybersecurity meetup or event that you attend.
Experience, Experience, and Experience.
Nothing beats it. However, your initial experience does not have to come directly in cybersecurity. A strong grounding in IT, pen, software development could lead to a job in cybersecurity.
Talk to Us.
Whether you are a graduate or an experienced professional, trying to break into a certain domain can be a daunting task. But guess what? You don’t have to do it alone. Drop us a line. We can assess your CV, meet you for a coffee (our treat) and help you land your dream job in the cybersecurity industry in Ireland.