CyberUp Introduction

Jordan Butler, Intern

My name is Jordan Butler and I am a 22 year old college student majoring in Computer Engineering Technology. I am an aspiring applications developer but I have recently gain an interest in Cyber Security. In my last semester at Indiana State, I will have taken 3 classes focusing on Cyber security, cyber security crime, and networking. After my time at Indiana State, I hope to be in the career that will allow me to expand my creativity, increase my technology comprehension, and to be able to manifest my problem solving and team player skills.

What I am looking forward to learn during my time at CyberUp is breaking down barriers, trying new things, to be able to provide my skills and talent to help come up with a plan to improve the Cyber Leagues so that more kids can be exposed to Cyber Security. Lastly to be able to build professional relationships with the peers that I am working with and my supervisors.

What I am currently doing with the free time that I have this summer is studying for my online class: Topics in Electronics and Computer Technology. When I’m not studying, I’m usually catching up on some much needed sleep, watching Netflix, playing video games, hanging out with friends on the weekends and reading.

My plans after College were unclear going into the New Year. Back in February I knew that I wanted to build phone apps and websites for children to learn about shapes, recycling, the alphabet, etc. Learning the programming languages to be able to accomplish this would require to spend more time learning outside of my college classes, and spending all my free time after college trying to learn these programming languages and how to design the things I wanted would be difficult and with no income coming in my mother would not be on board. On top of all of that, there was also no internship or entry level job where I could learn these skills and to be able to help build something for a company. I was nervous because I didn’t see a clear path for me, fortunately I was able to attend the Level Up STL Youth Conference this past May and as I sat in on the Information Technology session. Hearing everyone talk about their company and how the resources they provide to have a career in the technology field was inspiring to me, especially hearing Amber talk about the apprenticeship program that CyberUp provided had open my mind up to the possibility of working in Cyber Security. Diving into Cyber Security was always in the back of my mind during my first two years at Indiana State but I was afraid to fully apply myself into learning and acquiring the resources to become a Cyber Security Analyst or Engineer because I had my eyes set on becoming an app developer and my school didn’t have any classes that focused on Cyber Security, not until the 2019-2020 school year. For my final semester at Indiana State I was able to sign up for 3 classes that focuses on Cyber Security and Networking, before I even known about the CyberUp program. After graduating this fall, I hope to be able to sign up for the Level 1 (or if need be, Level 0) apprenticeship that is offered by CyberUp.   

The one piece of advice that I can give someone who is unsure about their future and where they want to be after graduating College is to do a lot of research. If they have a dream in mind like I did when I was little, is to do a ton of research, what it takes to be a programmer or a doctor or a lawyer. It may all sound fun and amazing when you’re little, but as you get older and you don’t get an early start on reaching your dream job, it may be more challenging but still achievable.