She Went From Stay-At-Home Mom To Cybersecurity Technician IN MONTHS [How She Did It]

Makeia Jackson was looking for the next step in her life. As a mom and wife, she knew she would need something flexible and highly effective to bring her to the next level.

Before Makeia discovered NexGenT, she was a stay at home mom with a technical degree that wasn’t getting her anywhere. “I had gone to a technical college, applied for jobs, and nothing was happening.” She had given up and resolved to stay as she was. For four years, she shoved her ambitions aside.

“I psyched myself out. I told myself I’d just wait until my kids are older and apply for a job then.”

She tried to ignore that restless feeling of wanting to put herself back in the game.

She needed a way to make her resume stand out among the other stay at home moms looking for career opportunities. She needed an edge.

“I knew I needed to do something different.”

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Finding NexGenT

Makeia came across a couple ads and articles from NexGenT that popped up on her Facebook and LinkedIn feeds and was intrigued. She dove deeper into learning about what NGT was offering. “I googled NexGenT and went to the Facebook page, and thought: Okay, I’m going to see what they’re talking about.”

After attending one of Terry’s webinars, she was ready to give it a shot. “I thought, okay, this is going to be it.” Makeia, on how she felt after making her choice. She had found her edge.

From “Going to see what they’re about,” to “This is going to be it!” just like that.

That’s how quickly a life can change.

Landing The Job

Makeia began her training and worked diligently. A few months in, the inspiration that came from speaking with Terry and Jacob led her to take a chance and apply for a cyber technician position she found online.

“I went in, and they asked me what I knew, so I just told them what I was learning at NexGenT.”

“When I decided to go through NexGenT, the way they took us through each phase and made sure we understood, was great. Having the videos helped because I could always go back and listen again.”

One of the beauties of NexGenT is the flexibility that helps each learning style thrive. You learn on your time, at your pace, at your level. “My mom always told me that if you can’t teach it, you don’t know it. With NexGenT, I’m able to explain everything!”

Makeia got a phone call with a job offer on the same day of her interview.

“If I hadn’t done the NexGenT courses, I don’t think I would have gotten the interview or the phone call.”

The confidence she earned in NexGenT encouraged her to nail her interview and land a position as a Cyber Security Technician with EDTS Cyber, now know as Corsica Technologies.

Makeia’s ultimate goal is to be a Network Security Engineer, and because of her determination and quick thinking, paired with our course, she has the confidence and tools in her belt to do it.

Makeia is grateful to have network experience going into her new position. “The training included Wireshark and that is something I now use every day. We’re always reading packets and reading the network to determine if it’s a brute attack or user error.”

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What kind of impact has this had on you?

“Seeing Terry and Jacob, I just see honesty and the passion of them trying to help other people without having to spend so much money, without putting themselves into debt with college degrees.”

Something shifted in Makeia while she was attending our webinar that day.

She felt that they saw potential in her without even having a one on one conversation. Seeing their motivation and fire for empowering people instilled a sense of inspiration in her that fueled her to take the chance, and change her life. 

“NexGenT helped me get my passion back, to come up with a solid and sound vision, and to know that I’m going to have to put in the work and not to expect something to come to me easily. It helped me remember not to give up on myself and to keep learning every day.”

A quick tip from Makeian Jackson:

Invest in yourself! You don’t want to put so much effort into putting out your funds without getting a return on your investment. Be wise with your investments and make sure it’s coming back to you in positive ways!

“Thanks to NexGenT, I have leveled up, and I have the confidence I need to be anything that I want to be as a network security engineer.”

That’s the kind of excitement and clarity that NexGenT strives to help instill; to help people see a future for themselves.

Are you ready to level up? I heard a YES. Click here to learn more about our programs and apply now!


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