While pursuing my undergraduate degree I had a part-time job in the Dean's Office. That role helped me significantly with my communication, leadership and project management skills. I was also the Lead Coordinator for the International Pals which was a student organization that executed programs to welcome international students to the university. The activity helped me develop my leadership skills, communications and project management skills. I was also an active member of the Computer Based Information Systems club where we met to discuss information security projects, issues and trends. This activity helped me collaborate with others to develop my technical and analytical skills. I was even a program coordinator for the university radio station where I collaborated with other program coordinators to review new music and select new music to add to the station playlist. I even deejayed on a few occasions when I had to step in for a deejay. This activity helped with develop my project management , communications and leadership skills. I also tutored fellow students in Algebra helped with develop my project management , communications and leadership skills.
I work in the field of cybersecurity. This week to get a head start in the field, a young person can do the following:
- Join an IT/cybersecurity club at your school or start one. One can find many resources by doing a Google search.
- Ask your teachers to integrate cybersecurity concepts into existing lessons plans.
- Talk to your guidance counselors about a future in cybersecurity career opportunities.
- If you know someone working in the field, ask them for 15 minutes of their time to talk about what they do and your interest in the field. The may turn into a very valuable mentor/mentee relationship that must be managed by the mentee.
Hope this helps.