As a cybersecurity professional, there are many opportunities for those with a cyber skillset. With more people are looking to change their career or advance within a cybersecurity space, they begin to ask: How will I stand out from the other cybersecurity professionals applying for the same job opportunities? Think of your career development like training for the Tour de France. There are several stages that must be achieved before you can get closer to wearing the yellow jersey and stand on the podium, i.e., achieve your career goal. Training for the stages of a Tour de France is similar to training for the stages of your own career development. However, the stages in your development will be measured in years vs. miles.
Learn and understand that professional development and growth, in cybersecurity, is a multi-year process with planned milestones for success. Every stage of your development must be deliberate with experiences and knowledge that must be obtained before moving to the next stage.
Understand that personal growth starts from within. It will require mental and physical development to endure career challenges/obstacles when becoming a cybersecurity professional. And that getting ahead doesn't always mean moving up.
Learn to be better positioned for success when when grooming others through leadership, mentoring and motivating. When you make it an objective to develop the cyber skillset of those around you, your yellow jersey becomes easier to obtain.