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I have over 25 years in the military, working on my masters in cyber, and maintain several IT certifications. Is there anything else I need to be working on to get a similar job with similar pay?

I am trying to align my skills with the current IT civilian job market. information-technology-and-services

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Dhairya’s Answer

Hi Shelly,
Thank you for your service to our country. So honestly, you are more (if not overqualified!) than ready to transition to civilian sector. Honestly, the masters in cybersecurity is probably icing on the cake. I'd recommend go ahead and apply for mid-career and higher level positions.

This is not a space I'm familiar with. But I did come across this fantastic resource that might be helpful: https://www.shift.org/ . They specialize in working with military members looking to transition into high impact civilian jobs. Primarily they focus on matching employers to military job seekers. But they also have useful resources on the transition and job searching process in general.

Good Luck!
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Sumaa’s Answer

I think experience counts for a lot. My resume details project work and how I applied technical concepts to it. During the interview processes, your potential will show if you are able to speak to the experience.

Sumaa recommends the following next steps:

Find a personal project you are passionate about.
Network! Look for networking events in your area to meet professionals in the field.
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Patty’s Answer

Hi, it sounds like you have a lot of experience. Keep up the good work and be sure to maintain your certifications. the PDUs after receiving a certification are important.


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M. Lavern’s Answer

Hi Shelly, congrats on all your hard work and achievements. You have build a solid foundation for yourself. In the field of technology, you have to be on your toes at all times enhancing your education at every level. The Technology market change so much keeps learning and staying on the market trend to see where it will take you in the future. Explore data mining and put your skills to work. Becoming a mentor will help your skill stay alive and introduce other to technology. Become a consultant with the skill you already have. Stay informed and educate yourself for the future. Thank you for your service.
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