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Why Independent Contractors Should Pursue Cyber Skills

John Jennings discusses the escalating value of cyber skills in today’s independent contractor marketplace, particularly due to the ever-increasing scale of cyber attacks, globally.


(Monday, June 10th, 2013) United Kingdom -  John Jennings tells of how in “recent years there has been a growing trend across all sectors of the economy toward self-employment. People do not consider a traditional career path to be so solid anymore. Job security, quite plainly, is not what it once was. Much of this growing trend can be attributed to the downturn, although it seems that people are much more likely to consider their options, as work from home opportunities grow and as telecommuting becomes a trendy alternative.”

“When people start to consider their options they want to know what it takes to become an independent contractor. In the United Kingdom it is relatively straightforward to set yourself up as a contractor of this type, as a self-employed individual or with limited liability.”

Host John Jennings says: “Many young people are deciding to pursue this path. They may have seen their older relatives fall victim to the great recession, layoffs, downsizing and company closure. They may weigh up the options and see that the independent path represents a more exciting proposition.”

“When you are just starting out on your career path it nevertheless makes a lot of sense to safeguard your future with a smart choice of career. For example, did you know that in the United Kingdom there will be a huge shortage of skilled cyber security experts in the years ahead? This may be a very smart career choice for the fledgling independent contractor, as it is likely that those who have polished cyber security skills will be in great demand and can expect elevated income.”

At this point John Jennings goes on to say: “We are seeing a significant increase in cyber attacks and many predict that we could face catastrophic consequences as a nation if we do not address the problem head on. The government needs to lead this battle of course but there must be a focus on ensuring that young people gather the skills necessary to play an active role.”

John then conveys the idea behind how the “UK government has plans in place to initiate a ”cyber security challenge“ in schools around the country. This type of programme is being replicated in other Western countries, at the same time as young people in certain Middle Eastern countries are being coached on how to develop hacking skills, completely on the other end of the spectrum.”

John Jennings of ProfessionalRep.Net says in conclusion: “For any young independent contractor or even somebody who has decided to change career paths midstream, cyber security skills will be in great demand. Certainly this will require the acquisition of a significance knowledge base but the time spent here can be offset against the likelihood of high earnings for the foreseeable future.”

“Whilst honing these skills and ensuring a path forward it is equally important for the self-employed individual to take advantage of independent contractor services.”

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