How to start a career in cyber security without technical skills

James Milligan, Global Head of Hays Technology

To mark Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, we look back at our interview with CISO Jessica Nemmers on the 'How Did You Get That Job?' podcast.

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“Everyone should always hire an ex-ballet dancer… ballet dancers are very determined, disciplined, resilient and flexible. Having to learn entire ballets in a month gave me the basis to be a lifelong learner and pick up concepts quickly.”

Prior to her career in cyber security, Jessica originally trained as a professional ballet dancer, before a brief role at Electronic Data Systems introduced her to the world of tech.

An advocate of diversity and transferable skills, Jessica’s experience of the stage means she is unfazed by public speaking, whether it be while training employees or when appearing at conferences and summits.

During her interview, Jessica offers advice on how to start a career in cyber security and finding the right role to match your characteristics and skills. Listen below.

For more advice on how to start or progress a career in cyber security, read our blogs here.


James Milligan
Global Head of Hays Technology

James Milligan is the Global Head of Hays Technology, having joined in 2000. In his role, he is responsible for the strategic development of Hays' technology businesses globally.