Australian cyber security industry needs you, are you ready?

Dominique Cotte
Image provided: First officer Dominique Cotte now working as a cyber risk consultant

The Institute of Data has just announced the launch of a new Scholarship to help people from all professional backgrounds retrain and transition into a career as a “hacker” in the cyber security industry.

The Institute of Data works in partnership with Australian universities such as UTS and RMIT to help Aussies quickly re-train into in-demand sectors, such as data science and cybersecurity.

The institute has just announced the launch of a new Scholarship to help people from all professional backgrounds retrain and transition into a career as a “hacker” in the cyber security industry.

The Economic Recovery Scholarship, valued at $5,250, is designed to kickstart a career change with in-demand, practical hacking skills. Upon completion, students will emerge with new job opportunities and prospects as a cyber security professional.

Dominique Cotte: Journey from being a pilot to a cyber security consultant

One such candidate pivoted from the aviation industry into cyber risk after her job was made redundant in September 2020 after four years as a commercial pilot for Emirates.

Image: Dominique Cotte
Image credits: Dominique Cotte

Dominique Cotte is a prime example of the program in action: she was made redundant in September 2020 after four years as a commercial pilot. She took this opportunity to retrain with the institute and now works as a cyber risk consultant.

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Prior to her career change, Dominique Cotte completed the Cyber Security program part-time with a 75% scholarship and now works as a cyber security risk consultant for QBE in London.

“I thought it was a great transition from aviation especially due to my experiences in risk management, threat & error management and critical thinking ability,” says Dominique.

“In addition, my previous focus on international standards, regulation and safety management was very helpful in my career transition.”

For Dominique, having been interested in continuing her studies alongside her aviation career for many years, the coronavirus pandemic made upskilling even more pertinent.  Meanwhile, the cyber security industry was thriving with stacks of jobs in the sector becoming available worldwide.

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About the scholarship

This new scholarship is aimed at helping more people make the transition into the cyber sector by providing course fee scholarships, one-on-one career coaching, as well as assisting with industry placement.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with ambitious professionals and turning them into future cyber security experts,” says Andrew Campbell, Institute of Data executive director.

“These courses can literally be life-changing. When one career door closes, for whatever reason, these upskilling courses can provide new career opportunities and pathways that can be far more rewarding and lucrative than ever imaginable.”

Learn more from one of Australias top cyber security expert on why the industry needs you. Scholarship applications are open until 30 June 2021. Click here for more information and to apply.

Astha Singh

Author: Dr Astha Singh

Astha is the Managing Editor at Refraction Media. She is a STEM Marketer and holds a Honors, Masters & PhD degree in Science. She has been producing STEM marketing content for over 10 years and is an avid advocate of Diversity in the STEM industry.

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