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How to Navigate an Unconventional Cybersecurity Career Path


October 19, 2022 at 3:30-4:30pm ET

This presentation took place during the regularly scheduled monthly NICE Promote Career Discovery Working Group meeting.

The presentation recording is coming soon!


The NICE Promote Career Discovery Working Group celebrated Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week with a special panel presentation on non-traditional pathways to enter a career in cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity workforce supply and demand challenges are something that we are all too familiar with at the moment. Talented, qualified, and experienced personnel have long outstripped supply, and the challenge will continue to grow if we only rely on traditional academic degree pathway options. Luckily, the straightforward linear path to cybersecurity employment is no longer the only option. There are now several routes to a satisfying cybersecurity career. Unconventional career paths can lead to job success with the right preparation.

This panel shared information about nontraditional approaches to prepare individuals to enter the cybersecurity workforce. The panelists shared examples of unconventional career paths that they have participated in or that they have created, the advantages of pursuing one, and how to navigate some of the associated challenges.


Jason Shockey,

Connie Bragg,

Keith Davis,
Camden Dream Center

Henry Danielson,
Coast Unified School District

Leigh Armistead,
Peregrine Technical Solution

Created November 4, 2022