Studying a Master of Cybersecurity Management online
Meet Wade, a Government Department worker, father of two and Master of Cybersecurity Management student. He decided that he wanted to invest in his development and study something that would bring him a great return. Already working in the field of cybersecurity, Wade concluded that it would be relevant for years to come.
Wade’s online experience
Enjoying his studies and receiving a High Distinction in his first subject ‘How to think like a hacker’, Wade has already been using his learnings at work. When discussing the course with us, he said that:
It will not only be useful in boosting my career prospects, but the skills learned are also useful in my day-to-day life and my own personal data management and protection.
Other than his 12-year marriage, Wade has never committed himself to something like he has with this Postgraduate course. He is therefore very proud to be making this significant step both personally and professionally.
He has also enjoyed utilising all of the support that Swinburne Online has to offer. From the SMS motivation and assignment review system to the weekend and night-time availability of the Student Advisors and Coaches, Wade has found the support services to be very helpful with his personal study time, a key component to maintaining the required commitment for such a course.
Finding the balance
Working an 80-hour fortnight along with juggling family and study time is not an easy task. Wade believes it takes a good routine, the understanding and support of people around you and the interest in the field of study to keep you up late at night when you need to.
You have to remind yourself that the experience is what you make of it. Don’t muck around and keep going.
To combat stress, Wade tries to schedule in his whole day and gives himself reminders to study. He also utilises a large wall planner for his assignments and exam study deadlines so that he has permanent visual reminders whenever he steps into the study. To avoid distractions, the study is a “no phone” zone to ensure he utilises his time effectively. A structured week also helps Wade to tackle his studies, where he allows for two set weeknights of study per unit and some time on Sunday to tie up his loose ends.
Looking to the future
This teaching period, Wade is undertaking two units, aiming to continue chipping away at his Masters at a steady pace. He admits that it can be difficult at times but understands that it is a marathon and not a sprint to the finish line. Wade believe these types of courses test every ounce of commitment you have, especially when it’s summer or spring and everyone is out doing something you would prefer to be doing. However, if you believe it will benefit you – it will.
Once he has completed his course, Wade is very open to working in the cybersecurity space for a major brand or entity such as Nike or Sony, and helping them protect their data from the inside. He feels that the skills he has gained during his masters will give him a major advantage as he looks to progress his career within cybersecurity.
The gap that this degree addresses has assisted in my understanding of data security. Bridging the gap with this degree I think will put me ahead of the rest.
For now though, Wade is focused on the small steps he needs to take to get him there, and will be working hard on his upcoming assignments and quizzes until then.