Students today, as in the past, often have little awareness of the many exciting career opportunities available to them in the fast-paced technical scene. Math, science and programming courses can often sound boring to students and may be unavailable to those in underserved school systems — and even in some elite private schools! In many cases even teachers are unaware of the wealth of diversity and specialization that exists in computer science, data science and cybersecurity – fields that touch our daily lives in so many ways.
With more than 2 million lucrative cybersecurity jobs unfilled today — and even more considering other “cyber”-related careers — we owe it to our country’s student population to make them aware of the challenging and rewarding opportunities that exist in cybersecurity careers. Students and teachers alike need mentors, innovative tools and training that will help them understand what jobs in cyber entail and empower them to pursue education paths leading to these careers.
Success along this line has been achieved this year across the United States, where thousands of students had the opportunity to test-drive a day in the life of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) cyber leaders using the LifeJourney NSA Day of Cyber platform.
Creating the “Next Cyber Generation” is an obligation, even an imperative, we all have as responsible corporate citizens, teachers and parents. We need the tools to train the teachers, to educate our families and, of course, to motivate and inspire our students to follow the education paths leading to exciting and rewarding lifetime careers. Virtual platforms like LifeJourney, and others, allow our education system to cultivate our national treasure “at scale” and to create those fertile fields of career opportunity for our children.
About the Author
George Heron is the executive vice president of education and mentorship at LifeJourney, which partnered with NSA this year to develop the NSA Day of Cyber. George works with teachers and schools across the country as they integrate Day of Cyber into their classrooms to inspire and motivate students about ways they can achieve exciting cyber careers upon graduation