I prepare some guidance for a career switch, as received multiple questions regarding that plenty of time.
As a great and easy starting point, I would check if there are any internal programmes within your current organisation on offer. I have worked with many organisations before, which provide upskilling programs for their employees.
I recommend that you explore the different areas of Cyber to specialise in, here is a great source; the UK Cyber Security Council website. They divided cyber into 16 different sections.
LinkedIn connections I recommend are;
Allan Boardman - Explore your educational paths possibilities
Kathy Liu - Provides research findings for people moving from other industries to cyber.
Education wise: I completed my first certification here: https://www.isc2.org/.
Other popular training providers include https://www.comptia.org/ or https://www.isaca.org/.
There are a series of different bootcamps like https://capslock.ac/ you can consider. Do your research.
NCSC also published a list of training worth looking at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/certified-training
There are some amazing apprenticeship opportunities out there with big brands like Amazon (https://aws.amazon.com/training/learn-about/security/), BAE Systems and Rolls Royce, to mention a few.
During the apprenticeship, you complete your qualification whilst in the role. However, the payment for the training period is usually £17-£20k salaries. If you could afford a drop in salary for a certain period, it's an option to consider.
Here you can find it as well some government-backed apprenticeships (adjust location): https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeships?SearchField=All&Keywords=Network%20engineer&Location=England&WithinDistance=0&ApprenticeshipLevel=All&DisabilityConfidentOnly=false&Latitude=&Longitude=&Hash=0&SearchMode=Keyword&Category=&LocationType=NonNational&
Click into a selected programme, select the name of the employer you are interested in, and then apply. LinkedIn is a great networking tool, I would suggest messaging them directly if possible. Describe your situation and your interest in their particular company, this can increase your chances of acceptance.
If the apprenticeship route is not for you then my advice is to focus on education and get some experience. Set yourself an educational road map in a particular area of your interest. Complete required training and then start applying for the vacancies together with direct messaging of hiring managers. Set up job alerts and connect with specialist recruitment consultants to increase your chances.
Hope that was of help.
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