Facing Fears: Supporting Adults Pursuing Career Changes

The U.S. labor force is undergoing a drastic change. Called The Great Resignation, large numbers of adults are leaving the workforce. The trend started last summer and has continued into 2022, with millions quitting their jobs. Although some desire salary increases, others seek flexibility or better work-life balance.

These changes in the workforce mean it’s vital for employers and leaders to promote opportunities for success, especially in cybersecurity. With a competitive median annual salary of $103,590, more than 460,000 job openings available across the United States and an unemployment rate of 0%, cybersecurity is a field with many career options. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the need was high for cybersecurity professionals due to technology’s intrinsic ties to American lives.

As more adults choose to leave their current jobs, educators and leaders have an opportunity to support individuals pursuing a second career by helping them overcome fears about entering a new industry. A recent survey from Champlain College Online found nearly 30% of non-cyber workers were willing to consider a career in cybersecurity.

The survey pointed to three distinct barriers to exploring cybersecurity careers: lack of diversity and inclusion, toxic work environments and high expectations of prior training and experience.


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