In this issue, we are emphasizing the importance the departments of the Navy and Defense place on continuous learning and education, professional and personal development, and career management with focus especially on the Cyber/IT Workforce and Information Dominance Corps (IDC).
Taking charge of your professional development is perhaps more vital than ever before. Consider the maelstrom of cybersecurity threats against defense networks and the increasingly complex systems that the DON and DoD build that are critical to national security.
There is exciting news for the Cyber/IT Workforce and IDC because the DON provides opportunities for professional certifications, courses and career paths for advancement. Newly released guidance from the DON Chief Information Officer, the DON Cyber/IT Workforce Strategic Plan, and DON and DoD programs and scholarships for military and civilian personnel, provide impressive learning opportunities. Best of all, with easy online access and smartphone accessibility to many courses, it is more convenient and beneficial than ever to seek selfimprovement from academic institutions, technical schools and DON and DoD-sponsored programs and courses. Further, many naval commands and defense agencies offer guidance and assistance with career development and training plans.
Whether you are in the beginning of your career, the end, or somewhere in the middle, identify your strengths and weaknesses, define and execute a personal development plan, develop your talents — and maybe fulfill a lifelong dream.
And don't underestimate the value of joining professional associations, communities of interest and engaging with colleagues — or time invested in professional reading. Be a mentor and — or get one! Develop a mentoring culture in your command. It has been proven time and again that successful, confident leaders often had mentors along the way who were instrumental in their rapid career progression.
Cyber warriors — the DoD and the DON are urging you to investigate and pursue training and educational opportunities and to institute a habit of lifelong learning.
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