Career Story: Security Manager For A Defense Contractor

Security Manager For A Defense Contractor

Job Title: Security Manager

Type of Company: My company does work for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.

Education: BA, Political Science, Northeastern University

Previous Experience: I was an intelligence analyst with the US Air Force.

Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is developing and distributing security education and awareness products to ensure our employees are familiar with the requirements for handling and safeguarding national security information. A typical day consists of responding to employee requests for information or troubleshooting the databases I'm responsible for. I sometimes feel as though I'm the Help Desk for my organization, but am also happy that people know they can come to me if they need an answer to something.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is being able to use my creativity to create products that will engage the reader. The worst part of my job is being burdened with a lot of administrative duties and meetings that take time away from my primary responsibility.

Job Tips: In this field, it's important to have strong communication skills and to be highly proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). It's also important to stay knowledgeable in your field of expertise. Pursue continuous improvement through professional development opportunities and keep current with technology. Many companies offer professional development opportunities at no cost to the employee. Take full advantage of this. To further aid you in your career development, seek a mentor and solicit feedback from colleagues.

Additional Thoughts: To be happy in your career, discover what it is that you love doing and then find a job where you can get paid to do what you love. For most of my career I had been in highly technical jobs with no creativity. Part of my responsibility was to train others on this technology or skill and I discovered that I liked teaching and developing educational products.

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