An online course meant it was accessible to me
The fact this course was held online made it accessible to me in a remote rural location. I live on a small island and the additional travel and accommodation costs usually mean that residential summer courses are not an option.
As we’d already had online school lessons everyone was quite used to it, although quite shy for the majority of it, just typing answers into the chat boxes. But by the end of the first week lots more people were using their mics and came out of their shells.
Helped me take plunge
It made me think more widely about the range of cybersecurity jobs available. I definitely want to stay within cyber security after doing the courses and learning about all of the different aspects like ethical hacking, which is where people are given permission to hack into systems to test their strength.
Attending the course helped me to take the plunge and apply to study computer science at uni. I’ve had university offers through already.
Just go for it
I would say to anyone thinking about doing a CyberFirst course to just go for it – I knew very little about computer systems or the technical side of things but was taught all these amazing new things. It was interesting, enjoyable and fun!