Nelli's Cybersecurity Journey: From Skepticism to Success
CyberTech Academy Graduate Interview

  • Posted by: CTA
  • March 19, 2022

Nelli's Cybersecurity Journey: From Skepticism to Success | CyberTech Academy Graduate Interview

Welcome back to our blog! Today, we're excited to share an inspiring journey. In this video interview, we sit down with Nelli, a recent graduate of CyberTech Academy's cybersecurity analyst training. Nelli, who recently immigrated to Canada, shares her experiences, challenges, and triumphs, from the initial skepticism to her successful entry into the cybersecurity field.

From Skepticism to Exhilaration: A Journey of Transformation

Nelli admits that she was skeptical at the start. Coming to Canada and seeking to establish herself professionally, the idea of a career change was daunting. But now, her tone is one of excitement and gratitude. She credits her transformation to the comprehensive training, supportive instructors, and collaborative classmates. This journey, while difficult, proved that commitment and hard work could indeed bear fruit.

Balancing Motherhood and Learning

One of the most striking aspects of Nelli's story is her determination to balance motherhood and intense study. With a one-year-old at home, she juggled her family responsibilities with evening classes and late-night study sessions. Her experience underlines the importance of family support and finding quiet, focused time for study, crucial for anyone pursuing this rigorous course while managing personal commitments.

“There were moments when I was holding my baby in front of the screen, trying to listen to instructors... and taking my notes at the same time.”

Deep Dive into Cybersecurity: Modules and Methodologies

Nelli provides an insightful overview of the course structure. The training began with foundational concepts in networking, gradually building up to the practical applications and tools in cybersecurity. She likens this learning process to viewing a city from a drone's perspective: initially confusing, but eventually forming a coherent, comprehensive picture. Her advice to new students? Be patient with yourself and delve deeply into the subject matter.

The Real-World Application: Virtual Labs and Interview Preparations

The course's hands-on approach, particularly through virtual labs, was a highlight for Nelli. She emphasizes the value of engaging with the material beyond the coursework, especially when preparing for job interviews. Understanding and being able to discuss the tools listed on her resume was critical during the interview process.

“The hands-on experience, of course, is the utmost best stuff that could be done to the students because you do it by manipulating it, by working it out, by playing with it.”

Navigating the Interview Landscape

Nelli's experience with job interviews is particularly enlightening. She describes the intensity and depth of the interview process in the cybersecurity field, emphasizing the need for thorough preparation and mental resilience. Her encounters ranged from technical discussions to conceptual conversations, highlighting the importance of understanding both the foundational and practical aspects of cybersecurity.

Advice for Future Cybersecurity Professionals

In her parting words, Nelli urges current and future students to actively participate in their learning journey. She stresses the importance of engagement, asking questions, and contributing ideas. This active participation, she believes, is key to understanding and succeeding in the field of cybersecurity.

“The way how a person can transform and the knowledge that a person can gain in a span of last 5 or 6 months, it's an amazing thing”

A New Beginning

As Nelli embarks on her new role in cybersecurity, her story is a testament to the transformative power of dedication, hard work, and a supportive learning environment. Her journey from skepticism to a successful career shift serves as an inspiration for anyone considering a similar path.

We thank Nelli for sharing her story and insights, and we wish her all the best in her new role. To our readers and current students, let this be a reminder that with the right mindset and support, you too can achieve great things in the world of cybersecurity.

Remember, this is just the beginning of an exciting and rewarding journey. Stay curious, stay committed, and most importantly, stay engaged. The world of cybersecurity is vast and ever-evolving, and there's always something new to learn and explore.

Good luck on your journey, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need guidance. We're here to support you every step of the way!

CyberTech Academy is committed to providing the best in cybersecurity education. If Nelli's story has inspired you, learn more about our programs and how you can start your journey in cybersecurity.

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