Military Veterans are an important community for consideration for cybersecurity jobs. Whether they have direct military experience with information security or possibly possess a highly desirable security clearance (or ability to qualify for a clearance), our nation’s military veterans are increasingly recognized as an attractive talent candidate pool for our most critical cybersecurity roles. In fact, the combined response from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Commerce to Executive Order 13800 included a specific recommendation regarding veterans, “… it is necessary to expand the pool of cybersecurity candidates through retraining and by increasing the participation of women, minorities, and veterans.”
Cyberseek.org, supported by NIST/NICE, is a website that visually depicts the cybersecurity job market. Determine which state or city has greatest demand for talent. Look at sample career pathways, job requirements, and salary information.
Unsure which area of cybersecurity interests you the most? The NICCS portal from DHS offers a comparison of the varied cybersecurity careers.
If you are still in the military but planning for your transition to civilian life, you can begin preparing with online education. FedVTE is a Federal source of FREE online cybersecurity education courses.
The Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program is designed for transitioning military to leverage their skills with industry work experience while they are still within their military program. Some SkillBridge programs are also available to veterans, although pay and benefit schemes will be different. Check with your local SkillBridge contact.
Vet Success on Campus is a program for veterans transitioning to higher education. Each school has a counselor who helps veterans plan for education and employment.
National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) are 2- and 4-year institutions with a rigorous, accredited cybersecurity program and receive this designation from the National Security Agency and DHS. Find a CAE program in your community.
CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service is a grant program from the National Science Foundation to eligible students (undergrad and graduate) at participating schools to receive up to three years of financial assistance in return for working in the federal, state, local or tribal government.
Translate your skills. My Next Move can help identify how a military person might describe that work. Here is an example for an Information Security Analyst with examples of titles from the military and how it translates to civilian life.
Create your LinkedIn profile (or other career sites). (Note: LinkedIn’s premium service is provided for a limited time for active duty and transitioning military).
Learn about veteran employment companies and information at Military.com (part of Monster.com). Military.com also has a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) Skills Translator that maps to jobs.
Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Office (regional offices)
Department of Labor Veterans Apprenticeship information (for veterans and employers)
Office of Personnel Management Federal Employment Information (Feds Hire Vets)
P.A.V.E. (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) from Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocational rehabilitation and employment services program. Note - the employment program is not just for disabled veterans.
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