It’s now getting very real and I have just 7 days left until TRaC Defence starts for real and the new chapter and adventure starts.
I have now started to think about how I implement my business plan and strategy to try and differentiate myself within a busy market place.
I have been involved in Scouting for some years, and as a Cub Scout Leader have learnt a lot through working with young people. One of my core strategies is to continue this through into my professional career and business. I am keen to take on Apprentices and bring new and fresh ideas into the Cyber arena. This will also put something back, not only into an industry I love and that has and continues to be good to me, but also to give young people a route into this exciting and busy market.
I am lucky to be getting support from Worcestershire Business Central on the mechanics of how the process works, however I would be keen to understand other organisations’ experiences.
What do clients think when you want to involve Apprentices in delivery of their programmes?
What mixture of structured training vs on the job training do organisations use? Is there a preferred ratio?
As an SME how do you ensure variety, are there like minded businesses out there that would take short placements so that Apprentices can get a varied view of the industry and help grow their knowledge?
Are there any unseen pitfalls a new startup should consider before starting an Apprenticeship scheme?
I know these are just a few of a lot of questions I should be asking, but I really would like to understand people’s thoughts around this subject? As an industry, I believe we have a real opportunity, but want to ensure I get it right as it’s a big responsibility and greatly impacts other people if it goes wrong...
I will be posting a regular blog on my website, LinkedIn and Twitter, covering my journey while I try to grow my business in the Cyber market place. This will include the highs, the lows and the mistakes of which I am sure there will be many. Nobody ever learned anything from getting it right all the time 😊!
I will be posting a regular blog on my website, LinkedIn and Twitter covering my Journey while I try to grow my business in the Cyber market place. This will include the highs, the lows and the mistakes of which I am sure there will be many. Nobody ever learned anything from getting it right all the time 😊
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So after 17 years of working for many large system integrators that I have thoroughly enjoyed working for, I am finally biting the bullet and starting my own Business.
TRaC Defence which is a new Cyber Business focussing on Threat, Risk and Compliance consultancy will enable me to make Cyber my core focus and help resolve the real day to day problems that business's face.
While sat here in front of my computer and thinking about the best way initally to approach wider publicity, I have been asking myself the following questions:
How do I best use Linkedin and social media to help find new work and contacts without annoying everyone?
Should it worry me if I annoy a few people on the way? As I guess that will always happen despite best efforts not to?
How far is too far when using your personal network?
Can this attract people to a new company's website?
So I thought I would try and get a conversation going around people's thoughts and experiences on this area and what in the Linkedin community's experience has been found to be effective and works. This in the hope that myself and other wanabee entrepreneurs can learn from these experiences.
I will be running a social media campaign on the 'day in the life of a Cyber Start-up' on Linkedin and Twitter, sharing my experiences along with the ups and downs.
So I guess my adventure starts here although TRaC Defence won't be officially trading until 23rd October 2017 while I finish off my current employment; hence 18 days to Blast Off. I am looking for an initial contract that I can get my teeth into. I have a wealth of experience across governance, risk and compliance and am always keen to make a quick impact whether the focus is policy and process, complete business transformation or security architecture design, implementation and support.
I would be keen to talk to anybody that maybe looking for somebody to help them with their Cyber journey whether just starting or improving their maturity.
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I hope you will join us on our journey as we embark on this exciting challenge of building a Cyber business.