Cybersecurity Career Launch

$29/mo.

Find out if a career in cybersecurity is right for you and get help starting your career.  New content added every month. Cancel anytime.
Career Exploration

Find out if cybersecurity is right for you

Career Pathway and Tools

Discover what you'll need for success in cyber

Personalized Help and Feedback

Get the help you need to start your cyber career

Starting a Cybersecurity Career Isn't Easy...

Cybersecurity is expected to have more than 1,000,000 job openings worldwide, yet many people will have trouble landing their first cybersecurity job.  Most employers still require experience, even for entry-level positions.  And more than 50% of test takers fail their first cybersecurity certification exam attempt.

Become the Cybersecurity Professional Employers Hire

This program is for you if you are a:

Beginner interested in cybersecurity

Recent college graduate or current cyber student

Cybersecurity job seeker or career changer

Introducing Cybersecurity Career Launch

Cybersecurity Career Launch includes 10 resources specifically designed for cybersecurity to help you find out if cybersecurity is right for you, learn what it will take to be successful, and provide you with the help and feedback you need to make your cyber career happen.  Inside Cybersecurity Career Launch, you'll find:

  1. 1
    Cybersecurity Career Information You Can Really Use
Cybersecurity is an incredible field with lots of career options, and the opportunities that are available to you are growing every day.  
But to determine which option is best for you, you need to know what a cybersecurity career is really all about.

In this module, you get four resources to make an informed decision about which cybersecurity career path is your best fit.  You get:

  • Resource #1: Cybersecurity Career Path Guides

These definitive guides explain the most popular career paths in cybersecurity, including hiring requirements, work environment, job responsibilities, and salary information.  Here are some of the guides available to you:

  • Penetration Tester
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Incident Responder
  • Resource #2: Interviews with Cybersecurity and IT Professionals 

Learn directly from the professionals actually working in the field.  These experts share their stories, the pros and cons of their jobs, and advice to those just starting their own cybersecurity journeys.  Here are just some of the interviews available to you, with new interviews added regularly:

  • Penetration Tester (6:43)
  • Forensic Investigator (5:53)
  • IT Consultant (32:07)
  • Network Administrator (10:32)
  • Security Architect (4:07)
  • NSA/Center for Internet Security (53:15)
  • Insider Threat Analyst (35:54)
  • Cybersecurity Analyst (PDF)
  • Computer Network Specialist (PDF)
  • Resource #3: Actual Cybersecurity Career Trajectories 

Every cybersecurity professional starts at the beginning.  With career trajectories, you'll see the actual career paths that real cybersecurity and IT professionals have taken, so you'll know how they got where they are, and how you can get there too.  Here are just some of the trajectories available to you, with new ones added regularly:

  • IT Consultant
  • SOC Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Vulnerability Analyst
  • Resource #4: Cybersecurity "Areas of Interest" Self-Assessment

Guiding you through a series of responses, this interactive tool will provide you with a suggested cybersecurity career path, based on your own personal preferences and interests.

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    A Proven Cybersecurity Career Pathway
After you've determined the best cybersecurity path for you, it's time to start pursuing your career as a cybersecurity professional.
The problem is that starting a career in cybersecurity isn't straightforward or easy.  You need a career pathway that is proven and effective, which is what you'll find here.
In this section, you get two resources to start your cybersecurity career journey.  You get:
  • Resource #5: The Cybersecurity Career Launch Process

This 7-step process is designed to get your cybersecurity career moving by helping you build the knowledge, credentials and connections you'll need to get started in the field.  Following the 7-step process will direct you to where you can find the training and education you need, and prepare you for the field.  Here are some of the videos available to you:

  • The Opportunity Pyramid in Cybersecurity (4:19)
  • The Cybersecurity Success Mindset (1:21)
  • Implementing Your Certification Attainment Strategy (4:14)
  • Connecting With Cybersecurity Professionals (2:07)
  • Getting Experience Without a Job (4:57))
  • Creating Your Own Cybersecurity Job (3:20)
  • Defining Your Cybersecurity Goals (3:56)
  • Cybersecurity Certification Clusters (PDF)
  • Cybersecurity Volunteer Opportunties (PDF)
  • Resource #6: Cybersecurity Career Strategy Videos

Starting a career in cybersecurity sometimes takes more than just following a process.  Having more information along the way can really help, which is where career strategy videos come in.  Here are just some of the videos available to you, with new ones added regularly:

  • Cyber Career Strategies for Those in their 30's, 40's, and 50's (23:06)
  • Which Cyber Skills You Should Focus On First (7:01)
  • Career Strategies for New College Graduates (10:35)
  • Cybersecurity Professional Associations (35:02)
  1. 3
    Career Launch Tools Optimized for Cybersecurity
Resume writing and the interview process are the most common areas holding back most aspiring cybersecurity professionals.  That's why you get resources for both, optimized specifically for cybersecurity.
In this section, you get two resources to help you get hired.  You get:
  • Resource #7: Cybersecurity Resume Blueprint

It's critical to have a good resume, and it's even better to have a resume that's optimized for cybersecurity.  Here you learn exactly how to create a cybersecurity-optimized resume, step-by-step.  Here are just some of the videos available to you:

  • The Most Important Part of Your Cyber Resume (8:04)
  • Modifying Your Resume for Each Job Opportunity (2:23)
  • Adding Your Career Launch Experience (5:52)
  • Adding Your Career Launch Connections (2:25)
  • Setting Up Your Contact Information (5:30)
  • Documenting Your Education (7:19)
  • Showcasing Your Professional Experience (6:26)
  • Documenting Your Certifications (4:54)
  • Resume Template (PDF)
  • Resume Technical Terms Cheat Sheet (PDF)
  • Resource #8: Cybersecurity Interviewing and Onboarding Strategies

Interviewing for a cybersecurity job is one of the most intimidating steps for most applicants, so here you get insight into how to handle the cybersecurity interview process effectively.  Here are some of the videos and resources available to you:

  • The Importance of LinkedIn (2:41)
  • Nailing the Cybersecurity Interview (9:05)
  • Evaluating the Job Opportunity (3:45)
  • On the Job Tactics for Entry-Level Success (4:30)
  • 55 Cybersecurity Interview Questions and Answers (PDF)
  1. 4
    Personalized Help and Feedback
For many people, the hardest thing about starting a cybersecurity career is that they are going it alone.  
Most people starting out don't know anyone in the cyber field or don't have anyone to reach out to for advice, guidance, or feedback.  That's where personalized feedback comes in.
In this section, you get two resources so you can get the help you need, when you need it.  You get:
  • Resource #9: Personalized Help and Feedback

Not everyone wants or needs guidance during their cyber journey.  But if you do need assistance, personalized feedback can be a real help.  Here you can submit a message directly to me, and I will respond back to you with the support you need. 

  • Resource #10: Monthly "Students' Questions Answered" Videos

Students ask cybersecurity career questions just about every day, so each month I compile the questions and provide answers directly to the members in Cybersecurity Career Launch.  This keeps you up-to-date as the field continues to evolve.

A look inside the course...

Sample Lesson - "The Cyber Opportunity Pyramid"

Sample from Students' Questions Answered Training

Sample from interview with Center for Internet Security

Sample from interview with Insider Threat Analyst

Dozens of interviews, career strategy videos, tools and resources inside...

New content added monthly...

Cybersecurity is constantly changing, so you need access to up-to-date resources to make sure you're ready to launch your career.  That's why new interviews, trajectories, and trainings are added every month.  Here is just some of the new content added recently.

July 2020

New Interviews:  IT Consultant and Center for Internet Security

New Training:  "Which Cyber Skills to Focus On First" and "Career Strategies for New College Graduates"

June 2020

New Interviews:  Penetration Tester and Forensic Analyst

New Training:  "Cyber Career Launch Strategies for Older Workers"

Hi, I'm Matt Day.

Over the past five years, I've worked with hundreds of aspiring cybersecurity professionals trying to start their careers or earn their next certification, so I know first hand how hard it is to get started in cybersecurity.

I have over 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity and IT fields (and currently hold CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CySA+, Server+, and Cisco CCNA certifications), and have spent the past five years dedicated to helping aspiring cybersecurity professionals.

The Cybersecurity Career Launch program that you see on this page is my signature program specifically designed to help you personally determine your own cybersecurity career path and start your career.

Feedback for Cybersecurity Career Launch

"Matt provided the guidance, knowledge, and inspiration I needed to grow and excel. I'm extremely grateful for all the help that Matt provided."  - Cole L.

"I found the program to be a really good resource for measuring what a cybersecurity career demands of you and what kind of career parths lie within the cybersecurity field."  - Raul G.

"Matt has put together an informative program full of information, videos, and resources from cybersecurity professionals."  - Bill S.

"Thank you for the program, it is serving me as an extremely useful resource" - Pablo N.

Here's How to Get Started:

01

Enroll in the Cybersecurity Career Launch program below and complete the Cyber "Areas of Interest" self-assessment.

02

View the program resources to find your cyber career path and complete the Career Launch process to start your career journey.

03

Use the resume and interviewing resources in the program to secure interviews and a career opportunity.

When you sign up  for Cybersecurity Career Launch, you get immediate access to the resources you need:

  • Resource #1: Cybersecurity Career Path Guides
  • Resource #2: Interviews with Cybersecurity and IT Professionals
  • Resource #3: Actual Cybersecurity Career Trajectories 
  • Resource #4: Cybersecurity "Areas of Interest" Self-Assessment
  • Resource #5: The Cybersecurity Career Launch Process
  • Resource #6: Cybersecurity Career Strategy Videos
  • Resource #7: Cybersecurity Resume Blueprint
  • Resource #8: Cybersecurity Interviewing and Onboarding Strategies
  • Resource #9: Personalized Help and Feedback
  • Resource #10: Monthly "Students' Questions Answered" Videos

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Faq

  • Is the program effective for beginners/career changers/older workers?  Yes.  The resources in Cybersecurity Career Launch can be effectively used by anyone exploring or interested in a cybersecurity career.  
  • How many hours per week does the program require?  You can move through the program at your own pace, but most people spend 3 - 5 hours per week on the material.  Your timeline is up to you.
  • What does the personalized help and feedback component include?  The personalized feedback resource provides a submission form where you can submit questions directly to me in writing.  I provide students with assistance on a variety of cyber topics, including resumes, job opportunities, and career strategies, etc.
  • Does this program include cybersecurity technical training?  No.  It's impossible to provide all of the training that every person will need for every cyber career option and do that all in one program.  This program is designed to help you determine if cyber is right for you, find your cyber career path and get your cybersecurity career started.
  • How often is new material added to the program? New videos and resources are added every month.  Therefore, the number of interviews, career trajectories, strategy videos, etc. are increasing constantly.  And if there's something you need, you can always reach out to me with a request.
  • When can I cancel my membership? The program is available on a month to month basis and you can cancel at any time by going into the student login menu and selecting the option to cancel your membership.
  • What if I have questions about the program?  If you have questions about the program, feel free to email me at matt@startacybercareer.com.  

I'm passionate about helping people start their cybersecurity career journey, and I look forward to helping you on your journey as well.

I wish you the best of luck on your cybersecurity career goals.

See you on the inside!