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Considering my background, how well do you think I would fit in this company and/or profession? What obstacles can I expect to encounter along the way?

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I am a 17 year old African American female living in Texas aspiring to be a business continuity planner in D.C.

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Stacey’s Answer

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There are but two things that determine what can do in life: your attitude and level of effort. The only obstacle I can think of is the number of jobs available versus the number of applicants. If you are truly interested, start getting involved in your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This is more of a response group, but you will learn a lot you can apply toward Business Continuity. There are schools that, now, offer a Masters in Business Continuity Planning. Disaster Recovery Institute International also offers a course and a different levels of professional certificates. Most companies will look for a college degree as well as the professional certifications,  This can be a very rewarding line of work. Best of luck!

Stacey recommends the following next steps:

  • Get involved with local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
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Adam’s Answer

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Business Continuity as you understand is about planning for contingencies and keeping the organisation functioning whilst the issue/s are being addressed. I dont believe your background has anything to do with the potential to move into this profession. What is going to be needed is the understanding of how to help businesses be aware of the potential risks and to prepare to mitigate BEFORE they are ever realized. For many businesses considering to invest in you, they will be looking to see what skills you have that can assist with this process of risk mitigation.

Adam recommends the following next steps:

  • Research what legislated BCP compliance is needed in your state/region to focus what you will need to have as mandatory and optional components of study. Amongst other things consider studies in business management, business continuity, risk management, compliance certification, audit and project management. No single track is going to deliver everything you need but each of these will be helpful to developing a knowledgge base that will be valuable in the BCP field.
  • Find current Business Continuity, Auditors, Risk Management firms or related government agencies in your state or nearby to see what you can find on line. They may have online information about what opportunities are available to work for them - as well as any prerequisite studies and experience.
  • If you cant find any local Business Continuity or Risk Management firms or government agencies nearby, consider approaching any large nearby firms or multi-nationals as they will certainly have to comply with relevant risk and BCP regulations in your state as well as making good sense for their shareholders. If you are lucky, you may be able to organize a meeting with one of their managers, compliance team, or BCP officers to guide you on potentials next steps.
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