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Taking Cyber and STEM Careers for a “Test Drive”

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When investing in a new car, a test drive is essential before purchasing. The test drive helps narrow down all the many options out there. And, there are certain things that can only be experienced by sliding behind the wheel and taking the car out on the open road for a drive. A buyer needs to make sure the car matches one’s lifestyle and budget before entering into a binding contract that can last for years.

The same can be said for when middle and high school students are in the market to select the career path that is right for them. A “test drive” that enables them to live “a day in the life of” a trained professional—especially in the burgeoning world of cyber security jobs and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields—is a valuable way to learn about the many career options out there and finding the one that matches their skills and interests. After all, finding the right career path is essential to bringing a lifetime of satisfaction and achievement.

Two mentors at Lockheed Martin are offering just that as part of the LifeJourneyTM program to inspire the nation’s youth to consider careers in cyber security and STEM fields. Lockheed Martin’s Cathe Wyse, a data scientist, and Chris Kachigian, a cyber architect, are letting students look “under the hood” of their jobs  to understand the interesting opportunities and the skills necessary to get an internship and future job in related professions. This initiative is being led by Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Civil Chief Technology Office as part of a multifaceted  outreach program to spread awareness about cyber and STEM education and employment.  

LifeJourney debuted at the 2013 Cyber Maryland Conference on Oct. 8 in Baltimore, Md. The web-based, interactive classroom experience allows students at participating schools to learn about careers in cyber or STEM from one of America’s industry leaders. Students are exposed to 100 different STEM and cyber security “LifeJourneys” from leading companies like Lockheed Martin during this online career simulation exercise.  

“The LifeJourney program allows Lockheed Martin to combine our technology expertise with our corporate commitment to STEM education and connect with thousands of students,” said Stephanie C. Hill, president of Lockheed Martin’s Information System and Global Solutions-Civil business. “It’s powerful when our experts in cyber security and other STEM fields can share their experiences and inspire students to seek such exciting and rewarding careers.”

When a corporation like Lockheed Martin sponsors a specific career track, participating students go through the program following the career track at that job and company. Along the way, there are various teaching "field trips” to illustrate the journey the students will need to take to achieve an internship and future job. Students receive detailed reports on the skills needed to achieve their intended goals, including a fully updated cyber resume. The companies receive a report of the number of students and schools that are following their specific career tracks.

For more information about Lockheed Martin’s focus on STEM education, visit .

Posted October 8, 2013

  • Lockheed Martin recently joined forces with LifeJourney™, an online, cloud-based career simulation exercise to encourage students to consider careers in STEM and cyber security.
  • Lockheed Martin, a longtime champion of cyber and STEM education and careers, has sponsored a data scientist and cyber architect position on the LifeJourney website to enable students to "test drive" these careers as well as understand what steps are needed to achieve an internship and a future job in these professions.
  • Life Journey not only benefits students, but acts as a recruiting tool for corporations.
  • Life Journey debuted on October 8, at the Cyber Maryland 2013 conference.