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    Veterans in Tech: How This Marine Built a Rewarding Career in Cybersecurity

    By The Fullstack Academy Team

    Veterans in Tech Rob Buitrago

    If you’re a military veteran, you may be wondering if a career in tech is right for you — and the answer is yes! United States Marines Corps Veteran Rob Buitrago is a testament to how military service can be a great starting point for your tech journey.

    Buitrago’s military service played a significant role in his path to becoming a CSOC Analyst. Through his experience in the Marines, he developed invaluable skills, such as self-discipline, problem-solving, and a relentless drive for excellence, that are all in high demand in the fast-growing world of cybersecurity. All that was missing from Buitrago’s resume was technical experience, which is where the Fullstack Academy Cybersecurity Bootcamp helped him tremendously.

    Buitrago’s ultimate goal for bootcamp was to develop the knowledge, experience, and skills he needed to launch a successful cybersecurity career. Through Fullstack Academy’s rigorous curriculum, he gained hands-on experience and participated in career simulations that would prepare him to tackle real-world challenges.

    “The bootcamp experience at Fullstack Academy was exceptional. The curriculum was intensive and comprehensive, covering a wide range of topics in cybersecurity analytics,” recalled Buitrago. “One of my favorite units during the bootcamp was the penetration testing project, where I had the opportunity to apply my learning in a real-world scenario.”

    While bootcamp does provide an accelerated pathway to break into cybersecurity, it can be challenging and demanding. However, Buitrago had the support of the tight-knit community at Fullstack Academy, which made all the difference.

    “The instructors were always available to provide guidance and assistance,” explained Buitrago. “Fellow students were collaborative and supportive, creating a conducive learning environment.”

    After graduating from bootcamp, Buitrago landed a cybersecurity analyst internship at a prominent financial, software, data, and media company. The best part of his new role is that he can constantly learn and grow while helping safeguard critical digital assets.

    Buitrago’s military experience played a critical role in his tech journey, and he urges his fellow service members to take advantage of the great opportunities in tech.

    “Embrace the challenge and leverage your military experience to excel in this industry,” Buitrago encouraged. “Take advantage of programs like the Fullstack Academy Cybersecurity Analytics Bootcamp, which provides the necessary skills and support for a successful transition. Stay persistent, keep learning, and never underestimate the value of your unique background.”

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