Finding a Path with Cybersecurity
CityU Student Spotlight: Brandi Brown
Meet Brandi Brown! Brandi is a CityU student, studying to earn her Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Brandi discusses why CityU’s flexible schedule and class offerings were a great fit for her. Brandi’s interest in the tech field drove her to return to school and she was able to translate her knack for computing into her pursuit of a degree in cybersecurity. Despite the challenging nature of the coursework, student groups – like the Cybersecurity Club – have helped to prepare her for entering the career field once she finishes her degree. Watch the video below to listen to Brandi’s story.
I needed a school that was going to work out well with my schedule. I work really long hours, so being in a classroom setting wasn’t going to work at all. So, I needed a university where I could study on my time, go on vacation, as well as being in school, and this worked out the best.
I’ve always been interested in tech, but in my younger years I honestly didn’t want to work that hard. So, I think now that I’m a little bit older and really know what I want to do, tech has always been something that I’m drawn towards. I often fix a lot of things for my family members, even though I really didn’t have a tech background before, and so that kind of just translated into cybersecurity and being really interested in that field and studying and pursuing it.
There hasn’t really been a whole lot of people because I’ve been doing a lot of it online, but the Cybersecurity Club has been super helpful; helpful with learning new things about the career field, requirements that we might have for the career field. Being from my background, I knew absolutely nothing, so it’s been useful to have them for support, to know things that I need to know for the career.
Anyone that’s wanting to pursue cybersecurity, I would say just go for it. It’s going to be difficult and a lot of the times, you’re going to question your intelligence level, you’re going to question what or if this is right for you, but I would just stick with it. That’s how I did it. My first term, I wasn’t sure that I could do this, but I’m glad that I stuck it out. I’m glad that I kept working even though it was really difficult at times.
*Transcript has been edited for clarity
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