If you are reading this, it is because you are considering getting enrolled in a cybersecurity bootcamp. Once you have taken the first step and completed the admission (if it has one), you are most likely to get tangled with questions about your decision: Is it worth my time and money? Is cybersecurity as hard as it looks? Am I going to be able to complete it? At CyberWarrior, we believe that you will succeed with the right mindset, the right attitude, and a clear set of goals.
But, to make this experience easier for you, we came up with a list of tips. Consider we have been in this business for a while now, and we want this exhausting and complex path to be as enriching and useful as it can be.
Four Tips for Bootcamp First-Timers
Tip #1: Do Not Be Afraid To Ask Questions
The first thing to keep in mind is that there is no need to stop yourself from asking questions to your instructors, even if that means reaching out when completing an assignment or during a class. You are there to learn, just as any other classmate. If you have problems completing some work, try to guide your instructor through the different approaches you attempted, so he/she can better guide you at what went wrong.
Tip #2: Do Not Feel Discouraged
Just as it would happen in any other place, there will probably be someone with a different background or some cybersecurity experience. Do not let that discourage you from your goal: getting into the cybersecurity industry. And always keep in mind that anyone, it does not matter their background, can be successful in this field. With the right education, training, and skills, you will be able to reach high-level positions, a rewarding career, and the satisfaction of helping your organization, and even your country, be safe from security threats.
This bootcamp is just the first step into an amazing career. Comparing yourself to your classmates is not going to take you anywhere. Instead, try a more positive approach and learn from their experience, advice, and tricks.
Tip #3: It Is More Than OK To Take Breaks
You are in this for the long run, so that you will face some exciting and frustrating moments. So take some time, even schedule it in your agenda, take a break, eat, meditate, exercise, be with your family, and even take a nap. A well-rested mind is more effective than an exhausted one.
Tip #4: Enjoy The Ride
This is a lifetime experience. You will spend hours with your classmates and instructors, it will open the doors to a better job and a better life, so do not focus only on the hard things, but try to make it as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. Take time to get to know each other, build your network, and prepare yourself for new beginnings.
One last piece of advice is to never, ever pull the break. This is going to be a very demanding moment in your life. Still, the satisfaction of completing a cybersecurity bootcamp, and the many doors it will open, are going to make it worthwhile.