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How teaching cyber security in schools gives students the soft skills for success

How teaching cyber security in schools gives students the soft skills for success

Give your students soft skills that will have a lasting impact on their education and future career!

Discover the growing importance of soft skills and find out how teaching cyber security in school can help your students develop them.

When teaching cyber security to your students, what skills do you want them to learn?

Coding, scripting or Linux are some examples of the first skills you might consider.

But teaching cyber security is also a fantastic way to introduce your students to soft skills like perseverance and problem-solving.

In this blog, we’ll show you how to nurture your students’ soft skills as they learn cyber security.

How teaching cyber security helps grow students’ soft skills

Teaching practical cyber security skills in your classroom allows your students to pick up desirable soft skills at the same time.

These skills can help your students improve in school and further education, but have also become a key factor for employers to consider when hiring, as a recent BBC article states:

“Technical prowess is important for securing a job. But lower-profile skills like communication and critical thinking are becoming just as crucial – if not more”.

Learning hands-on cyber security skills will give your students desirable soft skills which can help them in all aspects of life.

Let’s explore some of the soft skills your students will gain by learning cyber security.

Problem-solving

Cyber security often involves solving problems using a mix of logic, maths and trial and error.

Having strong problem-solving skills allow your students to find solutions in classwork and impress in college or job interviews. Help them start building those skills now with CyberStart!

I went in with an open mind and came out with more knowledge, better problem-solving skills, and more confidence in myself and my abilities. I am now working as an Information Security Engineer, and continuing to use the skills I developed to keep growing both personally and professionally.” - Megan, CyberStart player

Observation

Students must often employ their observational skills when learning hands-on cyber security skills to discover hidden data, identify security flaws and spot faults in computer code.

Observational skills are crucial for tech and cyber security roles like software design and digital forensics but are also desirable in countless other sectors.

By teaching cyber security in your classroom, your students will gain the observational skills to expand their future potential.

Try 12 free CyberStart challenges when you register today.

Creativity

Students will learn how to think outside of the box as they experiment with different ways to ethically hack into a system or prevent cyber criminals from bypassing security measures.

Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking can be desirable assets in many jobs and are a fun brain training activity too.

Discover three lesson plans using CyberStart’s free Intern base.

Persistence

Learning cyber security requires patience and the ability to keep trying solutions until you get the desired outcome.

Your students will need to explore multiple different approaches to solve a problem and will be less likely to give up on difficult challenges in the future.

Teamwork

Solving cyber security problems often require more than one person’s input and skills.

By working together to solve cyber security problems, your students will build desirable communication skills and learn to work as part of a team - a sought-after skill in almost every internship, placement or workplace.

“In a short window of time I watched our students develop their creative problem-solving skills, practice perseverance and develop teamwork.” - Tina, cyber security teacher

Looking to teach cyber security in school while giving your students desirable soft skills? Try CyberStart for free today!

All of these programmes are entirely free, and feature CyberStart!

CyberStart America

What is it?

A fun programme developed to help you discover your talent, advance your skills and win scholarships in cyber security.

Who's it for?

13-18 year old high school students in the US only.

Awesome! How can I find out more?
www.cyberstartamerica.org

Cyber FastTrack

What is it?

The fastest and most cost-effective route to a career in cyber security via free training and exclusive scholarship opportunities.

Who's it for?

College students in the US only.

Great! How can I find out more?
www.cyber-fasttrack.org

CyberStart Canada

What is it?

A free programme teaching cyber security to high school students in Canada through CyberStart’s immersive learning platform.

Who's it for?

Students over the age of 13 in Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia who self-identify as girls or non-binary.

Nice! How can I find out more?
www.cyberstartcanada.com