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Our cyber security student success stories

Chelsea Eletva, Age 28

Reason for enrolling:

Chelsea enrolled with Learning People back in July 2021. She had been working in the events industry for around 5 years but wanted to make a change into something with more job security. After seeing an ad online and putting through an inquiry, she started doing some research and decided this could be the right thing for her. She spoke with Scott, one of our Senior Career Consultants, and got some advice around the best certifications to do to get started in the industry. Chelsea was quite nervous about getting a role as this was completely new to her. She also spoke with someone in our Career Services team and was extremely excited about this part of the service as she had no idea how to get a role in the industry.

Student CareTM

Chelsea had a demonstration on the platform prior to enrolling so she could get a feel for how the training would work. She loved how easy it was to navigate and the live labs. Chelsea worked closely with our Student Care team every step of the way. They loved working with her as she was extremely motivated and always wanted to put her full effort into it. Chelsea was initially nervous she would not be able to do the training due to having no IT background what so ever, but with the help of Student Care and her own determination, she flew through the certifications.

Career Services

Chelsea started working with Career Services right from the start of her enrolment. She wanted guidance around different avenues within Cyber. She got advice of ways of combining her previous experience as well as new skills gained from her training. Tabatha, from our Career Services team, gave her advice every step of the way. Chelsea did not realise how broad the roles were within this sector. When she initially spoke with Tabatha, she lacked confidence and was nervous even thinking about applying for roles. Tabatha consistently checked in with her and encouraged her to give it a go. She helped Chelsea to tailor her CV and ensure it was marketable in the sector, as well as shifting the focus of her LinkedIn profile. They looked at different roles in the industry and decided on a career path that would make the most of Chelsea’s transferable skills as well as her new technical skill set. Chelsea started applying for roles and began getting interviews quickly. She ended up having multiple offers. Tabatha helped her to navigate these conversations and decide what was the best role for her. Chelsea is now working for Loop Secure as an Executive Sales Associate within the Cyber team.

The results

Chelsea says:

“The enrolment process was really easy and I found the consultant so supportive and helpful, and definitely is the reason I ended up enrolling (thanks to the hours spent on the phone discussing the industry with me!). It was extremely helpful that she explained the different avenues you can go down because it really opened my eyes to a world of opportunities that I had no idea about.

StudentCare were really helpful and motivating. They were always so responsive and really understood the sense of urgency I had when it came to booking exams, etc.

My journey with Career Services was absolutely amazing, Tabatha was so helpful when I was applying for jobs and has been just great at keeping me positive and motivated. She taught me so much and is probably the reason why I ended up in the role I’m now in as well.

Overall, I am extremely glad I did this course, because even though I have ended up in a sales role rather than a technical role, even just within my first week it has helped so much – understanding the terminology and being able to visualise how the services that I’m selling work…plus, just having the “certification” behind me to be able to validate that I know what I’m talking about, it gives me more credibility when talking to executives and highly skilled IT personnel that I’ve been speaking to in my role. I’m glad that Tabatha explained the different avenues to me, because I have been able to get into a role that is perfect for me – a combination of cyber security and client/relationship management. If I hadn’t completed this course I wouldn’t have felt confident to apply for the role that I’m in I don’t think! And if I hadn’t have explored cyber security in the first place, I wouldn’t have even known that such a role that I’ve ended up in existed and was in such high demand.”

 

 

Hernan Weiss, Age 28

Reason for enrolling:

Hernan had enquired with Learning People to find out further information on the Cyber Security courses we offer as he had completed a level 6 IT Diploma however, felt he had not learnt the practical skillset to start looking for employment and starting a career in Cyber Security. After an extensive conversation with his Senior Careers Consultant Tim, they had created a set career pathway for Hernan to embark on.

Student CareTM

Hernan’s Student Care Consultant Alex went through a full, comprehensive training orientation the day after Hernan enrolled to ensure he was comfortable with using the training platform and understood the examination process. Student Care also arranged regular catch-up calls with Hernan to ensure he was tracking within his set goals and completing the training with all questions answered along the way. Student Care also assisted with recommendations on e-books and additional resources via the platform which assisted Hernan with his study journey.

Career Services

Hernan’s Career Services Consultant Mikayla went through a very extensive CV Consult to start off with, this allowed them to discuss any amendments needed as well as adding the relevant certifications to showcase these skills to employers. Next was a LinkedIn page analysis followed by a LinkedIn Networking consult to discuss searching for roles, how to use LinkedIn and start Networking. Career Services also completed several interview preparation sessions with Hernan to ensure he was as prepared as possible and was comfortable with the interviewing process. Career Services were also here for Hernan when he had industry and market questions throughout his journey.

The results

Hernan Says:

“When I first enrolled in the program I wasn´t fully sure how it was going to work out, but I felt confident that the material and support I would receive would be useful and sufficient. The first month of studying was mainly adaptation and focusing on finding a structure or routine to make it as efficient as possible, and, with help of Student Care and Career Advisor I was able to make my studying time even more efficient. It is impressive how much material is available for each course/certification, it could be overwhelming trying to decide where to start or what to do next but once I was done with my first cert, everything became easier and better planned for the upcoming challenges. I could not be happier with the assistance I received from both the Student Care and

Career Services consultant that were assigned to me. Both were extremely easy to talk to, present at the right times, and always provided guidance and motivation to push me in the right direction. I wouldn´t have completed the program as quickly as I did nor gotten the job I finally signed up for without their help. Thank you very much The Learning People, Alex Davison, and Mikayla Davison for this life-changing experience. I have now achieved something that many would have thought to be impossible but that can be done, all that is needed is determination and the right help.”

 

 

Lenard Pestano, age 35

Reason for enrolling:

Lenard has years of experience in the IT field and mainly worked in Service Desk/IT Support type roles. Lenard knew it was time for career advancement and wanted to fill in any knowledge gaps and validate his Cyber Security skills. Lenard had a great discussion with his senior Career Consultant Adam, regarding the benefits of gaining international certifications and the progression within IT and came up with a course collection that was best suited for him and where he wants to go in his career.

StudentCareTM

The Student Care team spoke with Lenard within the first few days of his enrolment to ensure he was comfortable with using the platform features and understood the exam and support process too. Student Care touched base with Lenard occasionally, to check in and remind him of the support as he was a very independent learner and was happy to reach out when needing to discuss obtaining an examination voucher or needing general support.

Career Services

Career Services started to support Lenard once he began obtaining his certifications. His Career Services Consultant Mikayla completed a full CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn review and ran through some tips and ideas on how to improve these and become more visible with displaying his IT skills and certifications successfully.

The results

  • Obtained a role as a Cyber Security Analyst at Paraflare

Lenard says:

“I felt excited and nervous at the same time when enrolling. Excited because it was a period where I knew I needed to do something to improve my career and I wanted to learn new things which would also help fill in some gaps and re-validate my knowledge in IT overall. Nervous because naturally failure and doubt does come into one’s mind when taking on something new where you don’t know what the outcome may be and where it will take you. Thankfully, we know where this led to in time with an awesome outcome. The course materials in the form of videos are fantastic and cover a lot of areas a standard study All-in-one book would do. The practice labs and exam simulations prepare you very well for the exam.

The support is fantastic, 5 out of 5. Anytime I would email or call with any questions or concerns and even looking new courses to do, book exams, help with improving a resume and cover letter. I always received an answer along with the relevant information to improve my job hunting prospects. As I progressed with my study and certifications, I was ready to try and find a new job in Cyber Security. There was at times struggle on my own to get more job interviews my way so when I reached out again for help Mikayla from career services, she provided me the information to improve my resume and cover letter to stand out more which eventually landed me a new role in Cyber Security.”

 

 

Fynn Johnson, age 20

Reason for enrolling:

Fynn first inquired with Learning People when he was 18, he wanted to get a role within Networking and Security. Fynn had always had an interest in Cyber Security. During his time at high school, he had dabbled in some networking but never had any proper training. The schools in his area did not have options that would suit him, and he knew he needed to study in order to gain a role in the industry. Fynn had no idea where to start when it came to what certifications and training, he needed. He spoke with Tyler, one of our Senior Career Consultants, who discussed his goals and recommended him a course collection that would help him pursue his dream of becoming a Cyber Security Analyst. Fynn had also lost his part-time role due to Covid, so knew this was the right time to take the plunge and set himself up for the future.

StudentCareTM

Fynn loved that he had support from Student Care whenever he needed it. He was nervous about online learning and did not know where to start. Student Care did an orientation with him and showed him the platform and how to access everything he needed to get started with his training. Fynn was then feeling extremely excited to get going and was happy to have regular discussions with his Student Care Consultant to help keep him on track. He loved using the live labs and the fact he was able to learn in a practical style. Whenever Fynn needed support, advice or just a check in call to keep him on track, he could get it from his Student Care Consultant. This made his journey run smoothly which he was thankful for.

Career Services

Since Fynn was new to the workforce, he was excited about the help from Career Services. Tabatha, in our Career Services team, got in touch with Fynn and made plan to get started. They began by doing a CV consultation. He needed help with how to tailor his CV towards the IT sector and ensure his new skillset was highlighted. From there they moved on to his LinkedIn profile, Fynn had never really used the platform, so they worked together on how to set everything up and ensure he was marketing himself in the best way. Tabatha also helped Fynn network with people in the sector and approach potential organisations he wanted to work for. This was all a daunting process for Fynn since he was completely new to it and Career Services made sure to support him every step of the way and ensure he felt confident. Once he secured and interview, we coached him on his interview techniques and practiced answering questions. Fynn is now thrilled to be working as an Associate Analyst for one of the leading Cyber Security Firms in Australia.

The results

  • Obtained a role as a Cyber Analyst at CyberCX

Fynn says:

“When I first started studying with The Learning People, I was a bit nervous as there were a lot of options, ranging from the course material to the labs and to the online textbooks there is a lot to dive into. Once I got into the material, I found that it was well structured and concise, each course led into the next in an intelligent and easy to follow way, and if you felt like you wanted a better understanding of any subject you could dive into the labs. And if that wasn’t enough to grasp an understanding of the subject you could turn to the Student Care Consultant to get a 1 on 1 learning experience.

After you have completed your courses your Career Services Consultant will help to tailor your resume and online presence to give you the best chance possible of getting into the field. After working with my Career Services Consultant, Tabatha I landed a job as an Analyst for one of the leading Cyber Security firms and I couldn’t be happier!”

 

 

Jacqueline Williams, age 27

Reason for enrolling:

Jaci contacted Learning People as she was unsure of the IT career pathway she wanted to pursue, but knew that she wanted a career within tech. After discussing her options with her Senior Career Consultant Sarah, Jaci enrolled in the Cyber Security Analyst course collection and soon commenced her studies.

StudentCareTM

Jaci engaged with Erin from the Student Care team to complete a full training orientation of the platform and to discuss study techniques to assist with working and studying at the same time. The Student Care team continued to work alongside Jaci to ensure she was able to work her way through the remainder of the course successfully.

Career Services

Mikayla from the Career Services team started working with Jaci within the first 3 weeks of her enrolment and completed a full CV review, LinkedIn profile review and discussed networking techniques on LinkedIn and covered some market and industry related topics. Within 2.5 months of enrolling, Jaci has secured herself an entry level Service Desk job.

The results

  • Obtained a role as a Service Desk Technician at Kinetic

Jaci says:

“When I first enrolled, I felt a bit apprehensive of the workload I had just taken on; but quickly felt supported and encouraged to branch out into an industry that was new to me. The learning platform is user friendly and has an extensive library for any topics that I needed to take a better look at. Mikayla (Career Services Consultant), Erin (Student Care Representative), Sarah (Senior Career Consultant) have all been an absolute pleasure to deal with anytime I’ve needed study/career support; and have been fantastic at encouraging me through the transition into the industry and are always happy and available to help. I’m very happy with my experience so far – and look forward to the rest of my journey with such a great team of people.”

 

 

Alex Florin Chimpan, age 35

Reason for enrolling:

Alex first inquired with Learning People back in 2020, his background as a Sky Diving Instructor was extremely exciting but not necessarily stable. He is originally from Romania but has travelled to many places with his Sky Diving career.

He loved being in New Zealand and wanted to find something that would allow him to continue to work here, but also give him the flexibility to travel. After being made redundant due to COVID, he knew he needed to make a change into a career that would provide him job security and a challenging but exciting career path.

Alex had always had an interest in IT and after speaking with Darcia, one of our Senior Career Consultants, he was able to figure out what area would be best. Alex had tried to learn some coding but found it challenging without support. He loved the sound of all the extra support Learning People offered and after speaking to Darcia, he knew Cyber Security was the right area for him.

 

StudentCareTM

Alex was looking forward to getting stuck into the training. He liked that he had additional support to help him manage his time and fit the training in around his busy lifestyle. Our StudentCare team had regular contact with Alex which he loved. He liked that he could tailor their support to how he needed it and whatever would suit him best. He swapped between emails and phone calls depending on his schedule. Alex also enjoyed that he could access his training whenever he was free, his work schedule could be a bit challenging so this was very important to him.

Career Services

Alex was introduced to Career Services as soon as he enrolled, they decided he would start the process when he was nearing the end of his certifications. When he was ready, he got in touch with Career Services and began the process. They worked together on his CV and LinkedIn profile and found ways of tailoring them towards Cyber Security. Alex did not know anyone in the industry here in New Zealand so was starting fresh with his networking. He followed to advice of Career Services and was able to meet new people in the industry and secure interviews. Career Services guided him through the interview process and made sure he felt confident and knew what to expect. We are excited to say Alex has now secured a role as a SOC Analyst.

The results

Alex says:

“I have been very happy with my experience with Learning People. I loved the access to courses, labs, and practice tests but the best part is having the people from StudentCare and Career Services on your side. StudentCare consistently checked in with me and helped me stay on track with my training even when my life was busy. Career Services then helped me a lot with setting up my CV and LinkedIn profile. They helped me prepare for my interviews and made sure I felt prepared and confident. Shout-out to Tabatha, Alex, Julia, and Darcia ..Thank you.”

 

 

Annie Foote, age 20

Reason for enrolling:

Annie enrolled with Learning People while at high school. She always had a passion for IT and wanted to get higher level certifications than what her high school curriculum could offer her. It was important for her to get a head start on her career and she knew industry certifications would help. Annie liked the idea of Cyber Security so was excited when she learnt about the different certifications Learning People could offer.

StudentCareTM

Annie still had a full workload in her final year of high school, so she worked closely alongside StudentCare to ensure she managed her time efficiently and prioritised both her training and her schoolwork. StudentCare had regular check in calls with her as well as setting up a Study Planner. Annie was happy with this support and liked that she could always call someone if she had any questions throughout the process. StudentCare made sure to schedule catch up calls outside of school hours and had a flexible schedule that worked for Annie.

Career Services

Annie knew she wanted to go to University after finishing high school. Career Services kept this in mind while working with her. She still wanted to get a foot in the door and get a part-time role while studying. Career Services helped with Annie’s CV and setting up a LinkedIn profile to ensure she could find the right opportunity that would fit in with her lifestyle. Annie thought this advice was crucial to her finding a role as she was unsure how to navigate the job market. Annie is now working as a Service Desk Analyst for Datacom. We are excited to see what she will achieve in the future!

The results

Annie says:

“The learning people made my journey to certification effortless by guiding me throughout the process from helping with choosing what certifications to take all the way to booking the exam, allowing me to focus on learning. My certifications have helped significantly with finding a job which has been important as someone who has just finished high school and starting my career. They helped me create a CV and a LinkedIn profile. I found this extremely beneficial as I had never used the platform. I am excited to have a gained a role in the industry whilst studying my degree and could not have done it without the Learning People!

 

 

Mei Ling Liew, Age 40

Reason for enrolling:

Mei took a leap of faith and enquired with Learning People so she could start to progress in her career and earn a better salary. Mei had worked in technical support for 4 years and had roles within tiers 1 and 2 support and really felt it was time to advance her career and understood that getting international certifications would help her to do this. After having an extensive conversation with Scott, one of our Senior Career Consultants, Mei decided to undertake the Cyber Security Analyst with CCNA course collection and start her journey with Learning People.

StudentCareTM

Mei completed a training demonstration with Hollie in the Student Care team so she could understand how the training is conducted and to ask any additional questions she may have had. Upon enrolment, Mei also went through a training orientation to ensure she was 100% comfortable with the training platform and exam process. Mei is receiving continuous support via email and telephone from Hollie to ensure she is on track with her goals and kept up to date with any important information during her study journey.

Career Services

Mei engaged with Mikayla in our Career Services team a few months into her training and obtained continuous support on career progression, updating her CV, LinkedIn, and extensive networking skills on LinkedIn. Step by step instructions and resources were provided to make these steps easier so Mei could continue to move forward and progress with her job search.

The results

Mei says:

“I find the course layout and training platform very easy to navigate and helpful. The staff at Learning People take the time to assist you and ensure you are meeting all your study goals on time. The mentoring team is very helpful and always there when you need them via email.

I want to thank Learning People for providing this course and offering your assistance and services to students despite their busy schedules. Despite my new job change, I would like to complete my Cyber Security course which is possible with the assistance from the Student Care team. I highly recommend Learning People for busy professionals.”

 

 

Paul Gloster, Age 55

Reason for enrolling:

After being made redundant from his role due to Covid, Paul was looking to upskill and gain confidence to re-enter the workforce. Paul had an extensive background working in senior IT management but wanted to get into a role that was more hands on. Paul enquired with Learning People and one of our Senior Career Consultants got in touch with him. She guided him through course options after listening to his background and goals for the future. Paul was interested in Cyber Security but also wanted an element of Project Management. We made sure to accommodate this and found the best certifications to suit him.

StudentCareTM

Paul started working with Student Care straight away, he was eager to get started and jumped straight into the training. Student Care consistently checked in with Paul and encouraged him. Paul loved that he could contact them whenever he had questions and felt very supported throughout his journey. Paul was using multiple platforms for his training and was able to get a walk through them whenever he needed it. He also enjoyed the quick response when he needed an exam voucher. Our Student Care team thoroughly enjoyed working with Paul and were impressed with his consistent achievements.

Career Services

Paul began working with Career Services after he had completed his first few certifications. Tabatha, in the Career Services team, introduced herself and made a plan to support Paul. He explained what his goals were and what sort of role he would be looking for. Paul was nervous to look for a role again as it had been a while since he was made redundant. Tabatha consistently encouraged him and made sure he felt confident in himself and his skills. They worked on his CV together to ensure it was tailored towards Cyber Security and the right companies would notice him. They also fine tuned his Linkedin to ensure it read well and would highlight his previous experience as well as his new certifications. Lastly, Tabatha went over interview preparation to ensure Paul was feeling prepared and confident going into the interview. We are now thrilled that Paul has gained a role working as a Senior Data and Analytics Consultant for Aurecon.

The results

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • PRINCE2 Agile
  • Obtained a role as a Senior Data and Analytics Consultant for Aurecon

Paul says:

“My original contact at Learning People (via LinkedIn) was Henrietta who encouraged me to consider a package of network, cyber security and project management certifications as a means to build

upon the solid foundations of 20 years of senior IT management experience. This turned out to be good advice and a wise investment, following my redundancy.

Right from the word go, my Student Care Support contact provided great support as well as a walk through of the learning platform, including the Live Labs. David was a primary contact throughout my learning journey. It was with David that I would share my exam successes and also request exam vouchers as I approached exam readiness for the next certification. He also provided expert encouragement and advice throughout the learning journey.

I have found the learning portal to be both useful and intuitive. It provides access to learning materials in the form of videos, eBooks and text documents as well as providing quizzes and exam prep. Perhaps the most useful section is the Live Labs that allows you to run virtual machines and simulate cyber attack scenarios in a safe learning environment.

Since starting I have now passed a number of useful technical certifications. In the latter stages of my learning journey I was introduced to Tabatha, an expert Career Services Consultant. With Tabatha’s assistance I have been able to refine my CV as well as my LinkedIn profile. Tabatha also provided invaluable advice in relation to my job search strategy, including assistance with interview skills and cover letter formulation. I have recently landed a very exciting role and I will commence work as a Senior Data and Analytics consultant in mid April with a global engineering consultancy, thanks in no small part to the learnings as well as the support and advice I received from the team at Learning People.

Throughout my journey I have benefitted from the good natured and extremely helpful, supportive and responsive team from Learning People. Very special shout-out to Henrietta, David, Tabatha, Julia, and Robin. Looking forward to more learning down the track!”

 

 

Onur Nancarrow, Age 49

Reason for enrolling:

Onur had been working as a Solutions Architect at a large bank for around 10 years. He felt as though he reached his peak in the role and could not progress any further. He wanted to transition into more of a Cyber Security role and had been researching what certifications he would need to do this. He had already inquired with some other providers but found they did not have the range that he was looking for, or the support Learning People offer. After speaking with Robin, one of our Senior Career Consultants, he was impressed by the certifications and the support Learning People provided. He enrolled and could not wait to get started.

StudentCareTM

Onur got stuck into the training right away. He loved the immediate support from the Student Care team. Onur was impressed that he was able to have free resits if he needed them. We ensured that he was passing his practice exams to a high level to guarantee he would be successful in the final exam. He utilised the Student Care team to keep him on track with his studies and had regular check in calls to keep him accountable. Onur completed his exams successfully and was thankful for the support.

Career Services

Career Services called Onur upon enrolment and introduced the service, he wanted to focus on the training initially. After completing the first couple of certifications, Onur wanted to begin networking on LinkedIn to ensure he was marketing himself to the right people. Julia guided him through this process as well as assisting him with his CV. After updating his LinkedIn Onur was approached on the platform for a role. He ended up getting offered the role and had a counter offer from his existing company. Career Services gave him advice around these conversations, he was offered a role with a higher salary which was one of his goals. Onur will now be working as a Security Architect for BUPA.

The results

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
  • Obtained a role as a Security Architect for BUPA

Onur says:

“Enrolling was easy and I found the Robin to be extremely helpful and gave me excellent advice. I found the course material and content to be very good, but most of all the hands on Labs to be a great tool in understanding the implementation of skills required. My Student Care Consultant, was great in providing help and assistance especially from a difficult student at times. I also enjoyed working with Career Services and was relieved to have their support when navigating conversations for multiple offers. It’s not just the courseware and people you interact with, but the confidence and guidance they provide that I am truly thankful for.”

 

 

Caelun Squires, Age 22

Reason for enrolling:

Caelun enquired with Learning People in April 2021. He was in his final year of completing a Bachelor of Security Studies. Caelun had been researching different certification options, as he felt like his degree had given him a good theoretical understanding but didn’t have the practical skills he needed to get into the industry. He spoke with Tim, one of our Senior Career Consultants and figured out what certifications were going to be best for him. Tim got an understanding of his background and what his future goals were, then was able to recommend the best options for him. Caelun knew the value of industry certifications and after speaking with Tim, he was confident this was the perfect option for him.

StudentCareTM

Student Care took Caelun through his Orientation straight away, he was very eager to get started. Because he was already studying towards his University degree and working a part-time job, he had a very busy schedule. The Student Care team worked closely with him to create a personalised study plan that would allow him to juggle his existing commitments.

Caelun made excellent progress and flew through the training. He wanted to get his certifications done by the time he finished his degree. Student Care made sure to work with him and plan for this so he could achieve his goal. When Caelun had his university exams, he reduced the amount of time he would put into his online training, then in the holidays he was able to put more hours in. Caelun loved that the training was completely self-paced and allowed for his changing schedule.

Career Services

Career Services got in touch with Caelun in his first week, they discussed his goals and made a plan to start working together once he finished his first two certifications. Tabatha, one of our Career Services Consultants, continued to check in with him regularly and adjusted their plan to work in with his University schedule.

Tabatha helped Caelun tailor his CV towards Cyber Security. They focused on highlighting his transferable skills as well as the technical skills he has gained in his certifications. They also discussed his LinkedIn profile, Caelun was new to this so Tabatha had a few calls to go over the networking side of things and getting him in front of the right people.

Caelun achieved his goal and finished up his degree and his first two certifications. From there he had several interviews, Tabatha did interview preparation for these and made sure he was comfortable throughout this process. Caelun has now been offered a role working as a Cyber Security Consultant for QBE, he will be doing Internal Penetration Testing within his role and could not be happier!

The results

Caelun says:

“Starting my CompTIA certifications with the Learning People was a pretty big step for me to undertake during my final year of university and one which could have proven to be extremely stressful. Thanks, however, to my extremely supportive Student Care Consultant David and Career Services Consultant Tabatha the process was anything but stressful. I was able to focus on the course materials knowing that any technical, process or career development questions I may have could be easily answered by an email or phone call. Thanks to Tabatha’s help I was able to refine my resume and Linkedin and begin growing my connections which ultimately helped immensely in landing my dream job within the space of a year. I cannot recommend the Learning People strongly enough and would encourage anyone considering a certification with them to reach out and get started.”

 

 

Saxon Flowers, Age 33

Reason for enrolling:

After working in Admin/Help Desk roles most of his career, Saxon felt like he had reached his peak but wanted more. He had a passion for IT but knew he needed to get certified so he could move into a role that would allow him to grow and do something challenging. Saxon was not sure exactly what certifications were the best for him, but had an interest in Ethical Hacking. Tessa, one of our Senior Careers Consultants, advised him of what certifications he was best to do in order to reach his career goals. Saxon ended up enrolling in the CEH Collection and was excited to get started.

StudentCareTM

After having an orientation with one of our StudentCareTM team, Saxon felt prepared and ready to make a start. He started his training straight away and made great progress. He worked closely with Mikayla in the StudentCare team and had regular check in calls, which helped to keep him on track.

Saxon loved the support from Mikayla and was impressed at the prompt response he had to any questions and how quickly he was able to get exam vouchers. Saxon thoroughly enjoyed online learning and was happy he could do this alongside his current work commitments

Career Services

After completing his first few certifications, Saxon made a start working with Career Services. Tabatha, one of our Career Service Consultants, got in touch with him and booked in a time to discuss his CV and LinkedIn profile. They worked together to make sure it was tailored towards Cyber and focused on highlighting his transferable skills from his current role. Saxon was new to LinkedIn so they spent a lot of time discussing the platform and how to make connections in the industry. Tabatha also helped Saxon look at different roles online and read Job Descriptions to ensure he had a good understanding of what role he was looking for.

Saxon started getting interviews and loved that he could get in touch with Career Services and book in times to prepare for these. He always felt prepared heading into the interview. Saxon now has a role as an Associate Cyber Security Consultant at Quantum and is excited about what the future holds.

The results

Saxon says:

“I remember not knowing what to expect and concerned having committed to such a big financial investment, but the team at the Learning People quickly made it clear I could contact them anytime helped massively.

I found the desktop platform and UI was very simple and good to use. The team were incredibly helpful, Tabatha in particular was great as she offered help whenever I needed it whether that be via a call or email. She helped with my CV and taught me how to use LinkedIn as well as discussing my interviews and ensuring I was prepared.

The support was great, particularly the fact that it was there when I needed it. If I had a question, I was sure to have the answer in no time.”

 

 

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Reason for enrolling:

Kit unfortunately lost his job during the pandemic as a Pilot for Virgin Airways, an industry he had been in for 15 years. He was faced with a very difficult decision to either wait out the pandemic or re-skill into a new career. He spoke with one of our Senior Career Consultants Tessa, who advised him on a career in Cyber Security that would provide him with stability and eventually a comparable salary to his past role as a Pilot.

StudentCareTM

Kit began working extremely hard on his certifications from the start. He engaged with the StudentCareTM team and used their services to ensure he could complete his studies promptly. Kit showed dedication and perseverance which allowed him to work through his international certifications quickly. StudentCareTM offered him guidance throughout this process and helped Kit with anything he needed.

Career Services

Kit started working with Career Services when he had completed his first few international certifications. He was still quite nervous about the change to his career even at this stage and was second-guessing if it would work. Career Services helped him with his CV and LinkedIn profile but also taught him how to network, and more importantly, interview coaching when the time arose. He had some delays along the way with changes of start dates to his role due to COVID-19, however, persevered and ultimately succeeded by securing a Cyber Security Advisor role with Datacom.

The results

  • CompTIA Network +
  • CompTIA Security +
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst +
  • CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)
  • Obtained a role as a Cyber Security Advisor – Datacom

Kit says:

“With the outbreak of Covid, I found myself out of what I thought was a life-long career as an airline pilot. After much soul-searching and many conversations about my future, I found myself talking to Tessa from Learning People.

We had a few conversations and then came up with a plan to train for a new direction in my life but also emphasize and build on my strengths. I moved into training for a new job in Cyber Security, and after passing a few certifications I began to have a chat with the team in Career Services.

Julia helped me put my new certifications alongside my other marketable skills into a presentable and honest package for potential employers. Julia and the team helped me refine my CV to make it stand out to employers and had a lot of great advice. With their help, and my skill set, I was able to secure a job, as a Cyber Security Advisor with an excellent company in Christchurch, where I have huge career potential going forward. The whole team at Learning People has helped me achieve a huge life change and has been awesome in their support along the way.”

 

 

Nathan Jarvie, Age 33Student_profile_Nathan_Jarvie

Reason for enrolling:

Nathan had been working in Administration and Help Desk roles and really wanting to take the step into Cyber Security. After completing a Diploma and still struggling to find work in the area as his qualification was more theory-based, he did some research and found Learning People. After having a discussion with one of our Senior Career Consultants and viewing the platform in a demonstration, he was excited to get enrolled.

StudentCareTM

StudentCareTM engaged with Nathan straight away. He was always extremely thankful for their help and found it very beneficial.

He flew through his first few vendor certification exams, utilizing the training platform and live labs.StudentCareTM found Nathan great to work with, he was extremely motivated. He had to juggle his training with a young family and a full-time job, so StudentCareTM put a study plan in place for him to ensure that he could manage this and stay on track to complete all his international certifications.

Career Services

As Nathan had been looking for a new role for some time with no success, he was excited for this part of the process. Career Services began working with Nathan and gave him advice around his CV and LinkedIn profile. They gave him advice on how to make specific and relevant industry connections to ensure he was seen by the right people. Thanks to the help from Career Services as well as Nathan’s dedication and commitment, he was able to secure a role as a Junior Pentester.

The results:

  • CompTIA Network +
  • CompTIA Security +
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst +
  • CompTIA Project +
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Obtained a role as an Associate Security Consultant (Junior Pentester) at Volkis.

Nathan says:

Enrolling was straightforward and the team were wonderful. I was very excited to get started and powered through my first few modules. The course materials and labs were good. I found I had access to the textbooks and references I needed to complete the modules I attempted. I did not need to use any exam retakes which I think is a testament to the courses themselves. The StudentCareTM team was wonderful. Any time I had an issue or a question they were quick to respond and happy to assist. I thank them for their hard work.

I started working with Julia from Career Services after finishing the first couple of certifications. She took time to understand my position and that I did not have a lot of spare time. She gave me advice that was direct and concise and most importantly prioritised. I was able to take that advice and make relevant changes to my resume, slowly make the changes to my LinkedIn and start making the appropriate connections.Julia was extremely helpful.  All credit to her.”

 

 

Michiya Nagai, Age 27Student_profiles_blog_Michiya Nagai

Reason for enrolling:

Michiya enrolled with Learning People on the Cyber Security Professional course collection in April 2021. He ran his own company in the music industry. After having a strong presence online, he realized how valuable cyber security was. Michiya was extremely interested in this industry and wanted to start a career in it. He knew he needed formal certifications to make this possible, so he got in touch with Learning People.

StudentCareTM

Michiya was an excellent student, he was able to work through his first few certifications efficiently. Michiya loved the support from StudentCareTM, he was always receptive to their help and made sure he engaged with them on a regular basis. He wanted to complete his certifications quickly and found this contact extremely helpful. David in ourStudentCareTM team continuously support Michiya and assisted him with all examination bookings.

Career Services

Michiya began working with Career Services after finishing off his first two certifications. Since Michiya was completely new to the industry, he wanted help tailoring his CV to cyber security. Career Services worked with Michiya to adjust his CV, highlighting transferable skills from his previous industry. They also consulted him on his LinkedIn profile and helped him network with the right people. We are thrilled to say due to Michiya’s new networking skills he got an interview with Grant Thornton and has now obtained a new role as a Risk Consultant in the cyber security team.

The results:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • New role: Risk Consultant (Cyber Security) – Deloitte

Michiya says:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure learning with Learning People! Duncan provided an easy-to-follow, step-by-step program and the team genuinely cares about your progress. David from StudentCareTM supported me throughout my journey and helped me progress at the pace I wanted. Tabatha, my Career Services Consultant also went above and beyond to help me to get to where I needed to be.”

 

 

Devang Bheda, aged 30

Reason for enrolling:Devang_blog_profile

Devang spent most of his career working within the Finance sector. After working as a Credit Assessor, he felt like he was stuck and had peaked with his current company. He always had a passion for IT and knew he wanted to get into Cyber Security.

Devang was nervous about taking a chance and changing his career as this is extremely uncommon where he is originally from. After speaking with one of our Senior Career Consultants Adam he knew now was the time. Devang was excited to jump into the training and finally make the change in his career.

StudentCareTM

StudentCareTMwere immediately impressed with Devang’s training. He made great progress on the first certification. Even when he felt he was not moving quick enough, StudentCareTM were able to reassure him and keep him on track.
After being made redundant from his role, Devang was extremely stressed and nervous and found it hard to keep on track with his study. StudentCareTM ensured that he focused and made accommodations to support him while he found a new role.

Career Services

Devang was extremely eager to start working with Career Services. He was nervous about this part of the process and his lack of industry experience. Tabatha from Career Services consistently reassured him. He had consultations around his CV, LinkedIn and how to network in the industry. After a lot of encouragement, Devang worked hard to grow his connections and become visible on the platform.

Career Services coached him through interview preparation to ensure he was prepared and felt confident having these conversations. Every time Devang doubted himself, we were able to encourage him and remind him he had excellent experience and after completing the certifications, he had the right practical/technical skills to do the role. We are extremely proud to say, Devang has been offered a role as a SOC Analyst for a large international Security Software and Hardware company where he will be working remotely.

The results

Devang says:

“I have felt greatly supported by career services, especially by Tabatha. The journey hasn’t been smooth to transition my career but Tabatha has been in touch and helped navigate the competitive market to secure my first role in cybersecurity. The whole team has been extremely helpful and instrumental to my success.”

 

 

Tina Gray, aged 50

Reason for enrolling:Tina_Gray_Student_profiles_blog

Tina enrolled with us in the Certified Ethical Hacker collection. She had been at home for 10 years, caring for her family, and wanted to get back into the workforce. Tina had previously worked in medical administration, but wanted to try something new. She was bored, really, and itching for a new career, and cyber security appealed to her. She also wanted to work remotely so that she could have a healthy balance of a satisfying career and time with her family.

StudentCareTM

Tina was a nervous student to begin with, but weekly calls and accountability check-ins with StudentCareTMreally helped her studies take off. StudentCareTM helped fill in any knowledge gaps she stumbled across. By following the training materials carefully, making use of the support we provide, and doing her own research, Tina was able to pace herself and obtain her core certifications. By the time she had achieved the Security+, she was absolutely flying. Her confidence and sheer determination combined with 1-to-1 support from StudentCareTM got her where she wanted to be. Tina was a total pleasure to work with and we are so proud of her success.

Career Services

Tina wanted to complete her training prior to looking for work, so started working with Career Services 5 weeks ago. Since then, Tina has updated her CV and embraced LinkedIn and other social media platforms to get connected with her peers and future employers within cyber security. Tina secured two interviews and was offered both jobs. During the process, she had to prepare for a complex interview but was also asked to conduct a scenario report as part of her testing. In the end, Tina accepted a Cyber Security Analyst role with Interactive where she can work remotely.

The results

Tina says:

“Being a more ‘mature’ woman, it was daunting to consider re-entering the workforce, but the ladies at Learning People were so helpful with this. It only took a quick phone call with Julia to convince me that I could do this, and over the period of my study, she and Laura in StudentCareTM have supported me every step of the way. To date, I have passed CompTIA 220-1001, 220-1002, Network+ and Security+, Pen Test+ and the Certified Ethical Hacker – FIRST TIME, EVERY TIME! If you’re considering reskilling, this is a GOOD option. I recommend Learning People to help with YOUR journey.”

 

 

Bradley Steinbach, aged 26Bradley_Steinbach_Student_profiles_blog

Reason for enrolling:

Bradley enrolled with Learning People in February 2021. After working in real estate for 6 years, he was looking for a change. Bradley always had a passion for tech and had been thinking about getting certified for a while. He did some research and came across Learning People.

After speaking with Conor, one of our Senior Career Consultants, he knew this was the right decision for him and was excited to jump onboard.

StudentCareTM

Bradley began working with StudentCare™ straight away – he was extremely motivated and a great student to support. StudentCare™ kept Bradley on track and helped him juggle studying with working full-time and his family commitments. Thanks to his own dedication and consistent encouragement from our StudentCare™ team, Bradley was able to complete his certifications within the time frames he set out for himself.

Career Services

Bradley was new to cyber security, so Career Services got started with him straight away. They consulted with him on his CV and LinkedIn profile, and got him started with networking and growing his digital presence.

He connected with the right people and was able to find a role that combines his real estate experience with his cyber certifications. Bradley now has a role as a Cyber Security Customer Relationship and Business Development Manager.

 Bradley says:

“Browsing the internet trying to find suitable courses and certifications to transition to cyber security can be very exhausting and overwhelming. I am so happy that I came across Learning People for my training and certifications in cyber security. 

I felt like Conor, the Career Consultant, listened to what I was saying and built a course around what he felt I would succeed at and be interested in. They also were extremely attentive to my needs, and as someone who makes decisions quickly, this was a huge plus! I felt like my StudentCare™ Consultant wasn’t too pushy and always tried to support me.  

I cannot speak highly enough about the course content and web platform that I have been provided. Many online learning platforms for CompTIA certifications can offer great videos and learning resources, but where Learning People excels is in the virtual labs. These labs give so much practical, hands-on exposure to the learning concepts. A lot of people comment that the Security+ content is too high-level and not practical enough, but with Learning People’s labs I have had the opportunity to hack with Kali Linux, create my own malware, and infect Windows systems in real time! Since I have started my journey, I have now added on additional courses and certifications to keep improving. As someone who has used a number of other free online resources, the value is demonstrated in the practice labs and exams from Learning People.  

There is a huge added value of having constant support from the Career Services team. Free online platforms don’t offer the 1-on-1 tailored service that you get with Learning People. I always feel like I am supported with learning and building my career profile within cyber security. Learning People even helped me prepare my LinkedIn profile for maximum exposure which ultimately landed me my first job in the industry. This is really seamless customer experience from start to finish and I am certainly an advocate for their highly modern and effective services.” 

 

 

Ashley Wicks, aged 36Student_profiles_blog_Ashley_W

Reason for enrolling:

Ashley enrolled with the Learning People in August of 2020. She was originally working in Electronics but wanted a career change where she was able to have job security while also making use of her transferable skills. Ashley was always drawn to the idea of working in tech and had dabbled in Cisco training previously as well as coding, but after speaking with her Senior Career Consultant Chris she decided to take the plunge into cyber security.

StudentCareTM

Ashley has worked incredibly hard to pass her certifications. Her dedication and perseverance have impressed all in StudentCareTM. Ashley has balanced study with full time work incredibly well. She took advantage of StudentCareTM for support with exam preparation and strategies around study planning and time management.

Career Services

Shortly after enrolling, Ashley started working with Career Services in September 2020. As per our process, we initially started reviewing Ashley’s CV and LinkedIn profile and provided recommendations for change. Ashley took on board our advice and started networking on LinkedIn, applying for roles on job boards and started talking to current students who had previously found employment to see if they could also help with any industry advice. She succeeded in gaining a role as a Cyber Security Analyst at Culture Amp in February 2021.

The results

Ashley says:

“I cannot recommend the Learning People enough! Their course materials and their service have been unreal from the start. From day one I felt supported and guided genuinely by StudentcareTM who went above and beyond to assist me. The support from Career Services was essential to how I got my first job in Cyber Security. Transitioning into Cyber Security wouldn’t have been this smooth if not for them, I was pointed in the right direction, given the right resources, and I was up-skilled in just 6 months and then hired! Thank you Learning People I am immensely grateful!”

 

 

Liam Wilkinson, aged 26Student_profiles_blog_Liam_W

Reason for enrolling:

When Liam started talking to Learning People, he was working as a Technician doing Cinema Servicing. He had already conducted a lot of self-training in all areas of IT, including coding and networking, but after speaking with us he realised that he wanted to pursue a career in Cyber Security and needed a structured course with great support.

StudentCareTM

Liam was always such an incredibly positive and motivated student. Liam worked with StudentCareTM on a weekly basis to begin with but then once he was underway, we touched base every few weeks. Liam worked tirelessly and really focussed on exam preparation with the support of his StudentCareTM consultant Mikayla. Liam followed all guidance and direction and was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Career Services

Liam waited until he had completed most of his certifications prior to working with Career Services. Liam was extremely open to taking on our advice and we were able to draw out more technical skills on his work experience to showcase necessary skills. He also embraced LinkedIn and enthusiastically networked with business and industry experts and successfully secured interviews for himself. Liam and Career Services worked closely preparing for interviews, and he got the offer he was hoping for. He is now working as a Security Consultant for CyberCX

The results

Liam says:

“The Learning People have changed my life. In the span of a year I was able to upskill and gain the knowledge required to pursue my dream career. I can’t describe my experience with Learning People as anything other than positive, their student support team were always dedicated to helping me achieve my goals and the learning material was up to date and well structured. I would highly recommend The Learning People for anyone looking to pursue their dreams.”

 

 

Tarun Kurudi, aged 27Student_profiles_blog_Tarun

Reason for enrolling:

Tarun enrolled with Learning People in January of 2020. After working as a chef for 6 years and feeling unsatisfied and underpaid, he felt it was time to make a career change.

Tarun already had an interest in IT and coding. He had completed a 4 month Boot Camp in coding languages with a different provider but felt he still didn’t have the necessary skills to get in to a role in IT. He felt rushed and that there was no support at the end of the Boot Camp. Tarun got in touch with Learning People and never looked back.

StudentCareTM

Tarun wanted to work through his certifications as quickly as possible. StudentCareTM began working with Tarun and scheduled regular check ins to ensure he was on track. StudentCareTM got an understanding of the amount of time Tarun was able to put in each week. They then worked with him to ensure he was able to successfully put aside the time for his training. He loved working with StudentCareTM and found the support extremely helpful.

Career Services

Tarun utilised all the support Career Services offered him. Due to the fact he was changing industries, he wanted advice around ways of making himself look professional and standing out in the industry. Career Services consulted Tarun on his CV andLinkedIn and gave him advice on where to start when applying for potential jobs. Tarun has now successfully gained a role as a Support Analyst.

The results

Tarun says:

“When I first enrolled I felt nervous for a change but also excited to move my life in the right direction. I enjoyed the course and content and have found it very relevant to my current job. Virtual labs were also great. The Student Care support was amazing when I needed it, they were prompt and helpful. Career Services were very to the point which was great for me, they helped a lot with my CV and helped me get focused on where to start and what to do every day while I job hunted, and helped me to get in to my new job.”

 

 

Yansen Leonard, aged 38Yansen-Leonard

Reason for enrolling:

Yansen was already working within the tech industry when he enrolled with Learning People. He was looking to increase his employability and to find a stable career. Cyber security was the ideal career pathway to help him achieve this.

StudentcareTM

Yansen responded incredibly well to learning online. He studied consistently and worked hard to pass his certifications.

David from our StudentCareTM team ensured Yansen remained supported throughout his studies and assisted him with all examination bookings.

Career Services

Driven by his career goals, Yansen reached out to the Career Services team. He was already working as an IT Specialist but knew that the stability of the cyber security industry was what he was aiming for.

Career Services were able to quickly restructure his CV to add more detail and display his experience in a more marketable way. Following the team’s advice, Yansen utilised LinkedIn. He compiled a list of 50 relevant industry contacts to reach out to and start networking with. He secured an interview at Australia Post and landed the role. Yansen is now working as a Senior Project Manager within cyber security.

The results

Yansen says:

Learning People took the time to understand my current situation, and they were able to tailor the certification path accordingly. 

Throughout the journey, I received continuous support from the administrative perspective and course perspective by utilising the “ask mentor” function within the learning platform.

 

 

Andrew Sims, aged 57Andrew-Sims

Reason for enrolling

4 years before Andrew enrolled with us, he had suffered from a nasty car incident and needed to redirect his career. He wanted to focus on a career where he could help people and have stability in his employment, so he chose to train in cyber security.

StudentcareTM

Andrew was incredibly nervous when he began his online training. Our StudentCareTM team offered the support he needed to improve his confidence. Andrew received calls every few days to allow him to lean on StudentCareTM and our team of expert mentors.

StudentCareTM delivered extensive support with revision and exam prep to ensure Andrew was at the top of his game.

It has been amazing to see Andrew come from strength to strength over the last 11 months. He is thriving and living a life he never thought possible.” – StudentCareTM

Career Services

After gaining 3 CompTIA certifications, Andrew started working with our Career Services. The team offered advice to update his CV and helped him to highlight his career move from sales and manufacturing into cyber security.

With personalised interview preps and careers support, Andrew successfully gained a role in August 2020 with Quadnet as a Technical Support Analyst.

The results

Andrew says:

“I was at a time in my life where I was not sure where I was heading as I had had a major car accident that changed my life forever. I saw an advert on Facebook for a course in Cyber Security so I replied. 

I couldn’t have been more impressed. Once I had explained my situation the support that I got was second to none. So I decided to study the course and I have not regretted it for a second”

 

 

David Fyvie, aged 24David-Fyvie

Reason for enrolling:

David had completed a degree in theology and always had an interest in technology. He didn’t know how to get into the tech industry in Australia, so he enquired with Learning People.

StudentCareTM

David worked well with Mikayla from our StudentCareTM team and he successfully passed all his examinations on his first attempt. David utilised StudentCareTM for accountability calls and a study plan, and made fantastic use of all of the resources presented to him – we are incredibly proud of his achievements.

Career Services

David was working in traffic management and was keen for a career change into the tech industry. He started working with our Career Services team in June 2020 where they worked on his CV to display his eagerness to gain a role within IT. The team ensured he presented his certification training and the technical skills he gained through Practice Labs effectively to employers.

David also followed Career Services’ guidance on using LinkedIn to network within the industry, particularly with recruiters and professionals. David took onboard all the advice given to him from the Career Services team and was successful in gaining a role with Telstra as a Network Operations Technical Support.

The results

David says:

“I have had amazing help from the Australian branch of Learning People. They have helped me through some of the hard decisions I needed to make while encouraging me and pushing me to finish the course on time and gain a job in the industry. Great service!”

 

 

Joe Roussety, aged 41Joe-Roussety

Reason for enrolling:

Joe had been working as a Network Engineer for a number of years and was unfortunately made redundant due to COVID-19. He saw this as an opportunity to re-train into cyber security and is now upskilling with the required industry certifications, including CompTIA, EC Council and ISACA.

StudentCareTM

Joe is a dedicated and hardworking student and always engages well with StudentCareTM. Joe passed his exams first time and responded well to all guidance and support offered. In the early stages of Joe’s enrolment, StudentcareTM offered support with a study plan and helped Joe to work out what his weekly study schedule looked like.

Career Services

Joe started working with Career Services immediately as he was wanting to gain employment as soon as possible. Initially, Career Services reviewed his CV and ensured that all of his training was listed by ‘achieved’ and ‘yet to be achieved’, and then he started applying for jobs.

Joe networked a lot with the relevant recruitment agencies and was quickly sought after in the market. He gained 4 interviews over a 2 week period. The Career Services team spent a lot of time going through interview preparation with Joe. This included exploring the types of questions that might be asked and reviewing job descriptions.

The results

Joe says:

“I have completed 2 cyber security certifications, at a very fast pace, that I never thought I’d be able to complete. The program is very well structured to assist you in getting it done, they have assigned people to help me in my roadmap and right now I am very happy with my results and what I have achieved. 

Career Services helped me prepare for a new position which I am very happy with while I am in pursuit of my next security certifications. Words can’t explain how I feel right now with how Learning People have helped me to get me where I am today. I am excited for my future now”

James Rudd, aged 25jamesrudd_headshot

Reason for enrolling:

James enrolled with us in December 2019. At the time he was working within the building industry, but he had always wanted to pursue a career in cyber security.

StudentCareTM

James trained efficiently while working full time and was keen to learn. Setting up a study plan that worked meant he completed his first two cyber security qualifications quickly. We are incredibly proud of his success.

Career Services

In February, James contacted us and at that stage he thought he might like to relocate to Brisbane or Sydney. He then changed his plan when COVID-19 hit and he remained in Newcastle. James was a model student and listened to all advice from the team. We worked with James on his CV and helped set up his profile on LinkedIn. James was coached how to network in the market by using LinkedIn and how to register with the right recruitment agencies. He took all the advice on board and was subsequently interviewed over Skype, securing his first cyber security role within only a few months of enrolling.

The results

James says:

“I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank each of you for your support these last 12 months. Deciding to go with Learning People to achieve these starting cyber security certificates has been one of my best decisions to date and I will certainly be looking to come back in the future.”

Corey MorrisseyLearning People | Corey cyber security student

Reason for enrolling:

Corey had been working as a plumber for nearly 8 years and wanted a fresh challenge that the tech industry could offer him.

As a tradesman he was apprehensive but motivated for the career change.

StudentCareTM

Corey enrolled as a complete beginner and had no previous IT experience. He maintained an enviable work ethic throughout his student journey. StudentCareTM provided him with a study plan that worked alongside his full-time job and further support with time management.

StudentCareTM then continued to assist Corey, with regular check-in calls. He received some additional support with exam preparation and once he was ready, he passed multiple certifications, first time.

Career Services

The Career Services team offered Corey the support he needed to land his first tech role. He learnt how to network effectively and how to stand out to potential employers and recruiters. The team helped Corey to prepare for interviews and his hard work paid off.

The results

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA  Security+
  • CCNA
  • Microsoft Security Fundamentals
  • Secured new role as a Global Cyber Security Governance Analyst at QBE

Corey says:

“In my past career as a commercial/domestic plumber, every day I improved the quality of life for hundreds of working class people. That was simply not enough for me, I wanted to protect thousands of people from hackers and cyber-attacks. 

“Learning People have gone above and beyond to support me in achieving my goals. I now have my dream job in tech and would recommend Learning People time and time again. They are life changers.”

Riekert Jansen Van RensburgLearning People | Riekert cyber security student

Reason for enrolling:

Riekert had been working in different sales positions for the last 10 years, but was desperately unhappy. He had always wanted to work within the tech industry but was unsure how to make the first steps.

Riekert reached out to us and, after a detailed consultation with one of our Senior Career Consultants, enrolled onto our Cyber Security Analyst collection.

StudentCareTM

Riekert was a complete beginner when it came to digital skills. After the first few sessions with StudentCareTM Riekert slowly started to realise his potential.

The team provided weekly 1 to 1 study sessions to motivate Reikert to success. The sessions included support with a study plan and time management. Gaining the practical skills through our live practice labs, Reikert quickly gained the technical skills required to work in the industry and validated these skills internationally with his certifications.

Career Services

Career Services offered Riekert support in boosting his employability. With the help of the team, he learnt how to build a network using LinkedIn and how to work with recruitment agencies.

Riekert’s work with Career Services ensured his globally recognised certifications were visible to hiring managers and recruiters. This led to incredible career opportunities with employers expressing how impressed they were with his level of technical skill and quickly offering him more responsibility within the tech sector.

The results

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • Secured new position in Network Support at Houston Technology 

Riekert says:

“Now I am working in the industry it is awesome to wake up every morning and be excited for what I do in life for a job. Learning People has been awesome through every step of my journey.

“I never used to like studying, I actually hated it with a passion until I came to the Learning People where their support has been so amazing. I feel so enriched with what I have learnt that I will now always keep studying, and gaining higher level vendor certifications to advance my career.

“Thank you Learning People, you have been amazing”

You can hear more from Riekert in his video testimonial below:

We are so proud of the work both of these students put in. If you’re looking for a career change you can find out more by getting in touch and one of our expert career consultants will give you a call back.

We’re really excited for the next generation of students as they navigate the world of tech. Discover more about a career in cyber security, and feel free to arrange a consultation call with one of our experts today to find out how you can start.