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Reconversion into cybersecurity: testimonial from Mikael, Seela alumni

October 4, 2023

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In the ever-changing world of cybersecurity, each unique career path brings its own inspiration and lessons. Mikael Ladire embodies this remarkable transformation, moving from a career in renewable energies and entrepreneurship to a highly strategic role in cybersecurity.

Through a captivating interview, we explore his journey, his challenges, his motivations and his valuable advice for those who aspire to follow in his footsteps.

Mikael demonstrates that perseverance, continuous training and an unwavering passion can open the doors to a successful career in cybersecurity.

Read the full story of his conversion. 

👷 His career path

Mikael's incredibly diverse career path, from renewable energies to cybersecurity, is fascinating in many ways. He began his career as a sales engineer, with a BTS and a bachelor's degree in renewable energies. After graduating, he plunged into the technology field, working for an English company specializing in the sale of remote relay equipment to monitor gas and electricity consumption.

But the decisive moment in his career came at the age of 24, when he set up his own business, Les Ratons Laveurs, an ecological home dry-cleaning company. His goal was clear: to change the face of the dry-cleaning industry by offering environmentally-friendly solutions for both individual and corporate customers. For eight years, he worked hard to develop his business, reaching impressive heights. Two successful fund-raisings demonstrated his ability to convince investors of the viability of his project, and he finally sold the company, thus concluding a memorable chapter in his life.

After this entrepreneurial adventure, Mikael returned to the role of salesman, this time in the SaaS software field, where he acquired invaluable skills in two years. A meeting with a headhunter changed all that, leading him to work with a European publisher of enterprise cybersecurity solutions.

Although he had no prior technical training in cybersecurity, Mikael had an in-depth knowledge of the products. His time with his former employer piqued his interest in this constantly evolving sector, prompting him to explore the technical side of cybersecurity. Determined to follow his new passion, he dared to apply for a professional retraining in this field.

😰 Her fears before taking the plunge

When Mikael Ladire contemplated his move into cybersecurity, he wasn't overwhelmed by paralyzing fears, but rather aware of the challenges ahead. He knew that his transition into this field would be a long and complex journey, requiring careful preparation.

 

One of his first essential steps was training. Mikael was wise enough to realize that embarking on a new career without the requisite skills was risky. That's when he discovered Seela, a training opportunity that caught his attention. He emphasized the importance of technical prerequisites and technical thinking for success in cybersecurity. Without a solid foundation, it would be difficult to progress effectively.

 

A key lesson he shares is the need for upstream market research. He warns against simply following trends without a thorough understanding. The cybersecurity sector is evolving rapidly, and it's crucial not to get carried away by fads. Mikael insists that it takes several years of continuous effort to reach the skill level needed to find the ideal job.

 

Patience is another fundamental aspect he emphasizes. Cybersecurity is not a field where you can expect immediate results. Practical experience, internships and perseverance are required. It's a reminder that success in this field requires time and perseverance, but that the rewards are well worth the effort.

📚 His training choices

Mikael Ladire's meticulous planning of his path in cybersecurity reveals his determination to succeed in this complex field. He took a strategic approach to choosing the courses and paths that would lead him to his goals.

First of all, Mikael wanted to use his Compte Personnel de Formation (CPF), which enabled him to carefully compare the different training offers available. He had one clear criterion: 100% online training that would give him the autonomy he needed to adapt to his schedule and personal commitments.

His first step led him to Seela, where he embarked on a career as an SOC (Security Operations Center) Analyst. However, he soon realized that his real interest lay in the role of CISO (Information Systems Security Manager), a position that better matched his aspirations. 

The practical aspect of his training became obvious when he had the opportunity to do a cybersecurity internship with a company. This valuable opportunity came about thanks to his professional network. During this six-month, three-day-a-week internship, which began in July 2023, Mikael had the opportunity to immerse himself in the world of cybersecurity and acquire essential practical skills.

The internship assignments were varied and rich in learning. He was able to review the fundamentals of cybersecurity, contribute to the creation of a medium-sized data center, focus on threat observation, and work on crucial aspects such as SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), SOC (Security Operations Center), and Pentest (penetration testing).

For his Pentest training, Mikael plans to continue with Seela. 

Mikael's journey illustrates the importance of a carefully planned strategy for success in cybersecurity, combined with the flexibility to adapt his path according to opportunities and discoveries along the way.

🎲 His challenges

One of the biggest challenges was juggling his studies with his family life, a complex equation that required the creation of a rigorous weekly schedule. Mikael understood that training in cybersecurity was not an easy task and required constant commitment. He set himself an ambitious goal, devoting 4 to 5 hours a day to his learning.

 

The transition from a work environment back to "school" learning was also a major challenge. He realized the importance of setting deadlines and goals to maintain his progress.

 

To stay at the cutting edge of his field, Mikael has adopted a proactive approach by reading specialist publications, participating in forum discussions and following cybersecurity thought leaders. This constant quest for information has enabled him to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry.

🎓 Is it still in training?

At present, he is still undergoing training on the Seela online platform, alternating with his internship, which enables him to apply the knowledge he has acquired in practice.

He plans to train with ENI to become a network administrator.

He recognizes that the path to mastery in this field requires continuous learning, and he is ready to take up this challenge.

When asked about his career aspirations, Mikael Ladire has a clear goal in mind: he aims to become Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM), or resume his entrepreneurial adventure in the Cybersecurity sector.

He set an ideal deadline of January 2024.

💡 Her advice for those looking to retrain

First of all, he stresses that it's essential to understand that cybersecurity is a complex field, but not an insurmountable one. He encourages aspirants to familiarize themselves with the sector upstream, by reading books and following specialized publications such as Global Security Magazine. This is the first step towards acquiring a solid grounding in the field and determining personal interest.

 

Secondly, Mikael emphasizes the importance of practical training. He actively recommends acquiring concrete cybersecurity skills, whether through online courses, certifications or internship opportunities to gain practical experience.

At the same time, it encourages constant monitoring and participation in social networks to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in cybersecurity. This field is constantly evolving, so staying informed is essential to success.

Finally, Mikael emphasizes the importance of internships as a means of gaining valuable experience. He urges aspirants to seize these opportunities, as they offer invaluable hands-on learning.

His career path provides invaluable inspiration for anyone considering a similar career. His determination to overcome challenges, his commitment to ongoing training, and his clear vision of the future make him an eloquent example of success.

Mikael reminds us of the importance of careful preparation, constant information seeking, and perseverance in acquiring practical skills. His advice on prior documentation, intrinsic motivation, and the imperative of staying abreast of the latest trends in cybersecurity is invaluable.

Mikael Ladire is living proof that, with the right approach and a willingness to adapt, it's possible to succeed in a field as demanding and exciting as cybersecurity.

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