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IBM’s Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program: Growth and Continuous Learning Ahead!

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by Cecelia Schartiger


If you are looking to break into a career in cybersecurity, then be ready for a fulfilling career that makes a difference and provides many avenues for growth and continuous learning.

Cybersecurity is a fast-paced career field that requires an individual to stay up-to-date with the latest threats, vulnerabilities, and education on the current tools.  A 2018 report from McAfee reported that 300,000 new viruses are introduced by cybercriminals daily, which has cost the world $600 billion annually.

With those challenges, IBM needs passionate individuals to help stay ahead of the cybercriminals.  One of the ways we are working to build a pipeline of cyber professionals to help fill the shortage is through our GBS Managed Security Services Apprenticeship program.

The apprenticeship program provides:

  • Hands-on training with current industry tools within the cyberlearning lab
  • Certificates and credentials that are relevant to the career path
  • Soft skills (because they are just as critical as having technical knowledge!)
  • Job shadowing with our subject matter experts
  • Working in a team environment
  • Researching assigned topics and presenting information
  • Experiences with analyzing and reporting
  • Insight into Federal / DoD requirements


Interested in working at IBM? Stay connected by joining our Talent Network.


Are you interested in applying for an IBM apprenticeship?  Here are three tips to help prepare for your future apprentice interview:

  1. Before the interview, prepare by researching the company, both historically and currently. Speak the same language that pertains to the role in which you are interviewing. This means understanding the acronyms and key terms used.
  2. Prepare questions ahead of time for the interviewer. Some great examples could be: what is projected for the next quarter for this department; or what needs to be accomplished within the next 30-90 days. By asking questions, you learn what is expected of you in that position and can obtain more information to better decide if the position is a true fit for you.  If you don’t know an answer to a question you’ve been asked, don’t make something up — it is fully acceptable to say you do not know, but that you are willing to learn.
  3. Finally, be yourself!  It is important for a manager to get to know who you are and how you would fit in with existing team members.  IBM values diversity and inclusion, and we want you to bring your whole self to work.


Want to learn more about our apprenticeship program, our various apprenticeship opportunities, or apply to join us?  Visit the IBM New Collar Apprenticeship site.

Interested in future apprentice opportunities at IBM? Join our Talent Network.


About the author:

Cecelia Schartiger is an IA Compliance Officer, Cyber & Biometrics, in IBM GBS Managed Security Services.  She manages five apprentices as part of the IBM Cybersecurity Apprentice program.

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