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MVS Career Day Recap

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, I wanted to take a moment to recap the Magnet Virtual Summit 2021 Career Day. With the lack of in-person networking opportunities in 2020/2021, we wanted to create an environment to help those looking to improve their career not only the educational resources to do so, but also networking resources.  The day had three primary themes: a networking fair on the Magnet Forensics Discord Server, talks focused on mentorship and giving back, and one-to-one mentorship sessions.

Career, Education, and Organization Fair

One of the highlights of the event was a networking fair that included 20 organizations. These groups included organizations looking to hire digital forensics examiners, groups providing digital forensics education from universities to training, and professional and volunteer organizations in our space.

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Mentorship Sessions

One of the key components of the MVS Career Day were the 1:1 Mentorship sessions. 48 folks were paired with mentors. Our volunteer mentors were selected due to their leadership in the field of digital forensics. Mentors and mentees met for mock interviews, resume reviews, and career discussions. Mentees came prepared submitting their resumes ahead of time so that mentors could review them prior to the meeting. Several of the mentor/mentee relationships established in May have continued to this day with several participants successfully reaching a variety of new milestones in their career from certifications to finding the perfect role. Thank you again to all the volunteer mentors who shared their time and wisdom and to all the mentees for their passion and interest! Connecting with mentees was my favorite part of the day.

Talks Focused on Giving Back

Mentorship Day also featured talks from incredible folks including a talk on mentorship from Jason Jordaan, information about Play Like a Girl from Dr. Kim Clay, A presentation on Cyber Sleuth Labs from Daryl Pfeif, and a talk about how to be an innovative leader from Mitch Kajzer. Each these talks had a common theme in terms of how forensic examiners can find ways to give back to the community. What a great way to share with others. Each of these presentations provided ways for examiners to get directly involved in mentoring others or finding a mentor. 

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