Counseling Clients in Niche Tech Fields – Cybersecurity

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-2-52-31-pmThe term technology can refer to a wide range of ideas, gadgets, interests, and even careers. When clients and students want to explore an emerging field, finding relevant resources can pose a significant challenge for counselors and coaches.

Members of my NCDA network recently reached out with this scenario and question, forwarded from a colleague:

“I’m working with young interns in a cybersecurity company, and am developing a career guidance road map. Can you connect me with coaches, experts, or insights in this field?”

Where to start? I offered up the following:

  • Clearancejobs.com provides a lot of assistance for people in the U.S. who are looking for jobs that require a security clearance. This site includes a lot of helpful articles in related topics, including cybersecurity.
  • Dice.com is another online community specializing in tech-related jobs and careers. Use their online Skills Center to explore more information about cybersecurity and search their Insights blog for relevant articles.
  • I recently connected with Shane Hartman, an information security instructor at the University of South Florida, on another project. He recommended reaching out to local meetups and groups such as securitybsides.com, which coordinates events all over the world. It might be worth reaching out to other schools and faculty members offering related academic programs to find out more about their advice on career road maps and recommended professional associations.

This is just a place to start, however. Are you a career professional who works specifically with cybersecurity (or other niche tech fields)? Please share your ideas for further research and networking!

 

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