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#Tips for Professional #Adults and #Students #Transitioning into #CyberSecurity or #IT

#Tips for Professional #Adults and #Students #Transitioning into #Cyber #CyberSecurity or #InformationTechnology #IT #Careers #SimplyEbony

Step 1: (ALL) Conduct a job search to research and determine eligible positions for Cyber, Cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), Information Assurance, Computer Science, and similar career fields. Carefully review the requirements and ensure that your skills, education, and professional experience meet the requirements. Recommended sites:
· Indeed (http://www.indeed.com/)
· USAJobs (https://www.usajobs.gov/)
· Career One Stop (http://www.careeronestop.org/site/american-job-center.aspx)
· Intelligence Careers (https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/)

Step 2: Develop Training/Education Plan:
· (STUDENTS) Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor at your university to discuss a degree plan that is aligned with your desired career.
· (TRANSITIONING ADULTS) Search for professional certification programs, academic programs at both major universities and community colleges, look for training opportunities within your organization and free online/in class training options.
· (ALL) Seek a two year or four year degree in Cyber Defense or Information Assurance from one of the Centers of Academic Excellence:
https://www.iad.gov/nietp/reports/current_cae_designated_institutions.cfm
· (VETERANS) Seek FREE training certifications here: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/veteran-and-family-resources/career-training/
· (ALL) Look for professional certification grants, college scholarships, and training opportunities. Career One Stop is a great resource: (http://www.careeronestop.org/FindTraining/find-training.aspx)
options.
· (ALL) Visit the IASE Website for detailed information on training and certifications required for Cyber Analysts. Obtain as many cyber certifications as possible to place yourself in a great position to land the jobs equivalent to your experience and desired salary. Here are the industry standards for both Department of Defense (DOD) and Private Industry for certifications:
http://iase.disa.mil/iawip/Pages/index.aspx
Baseline Certifications: http://iase.disa.mil/iawip/Pages/iabaseline.aspx

Step 3: (STUDENTS) Find money for college
· Submit your FAFSA Application: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
· Use the Scholly App to easily search for scholarships: http://home.myscholly.com/
· Research scholarships for Students Interested in Intelligence Careers (Variety of Professions Cyber/IT, HR, Criminal Justice, Linguists, STEM, Business Management/Acquisition, etc.): https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

Step 4: (STUDENTS) Apply for Internship/Fellowship
· Students and Recent Graduates: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads
· Presidential Management Fellows Program (For Advanced Degree Graduates e.g., master’s, Ph.D., J.D.): https://www.pmf.gov/

Step 5: (ALL) Network!
· Create a LinkedIn profile. Join industry groups and connect with professionals from your desired industry on LinkedIn.
· Contact your career advisor for help seeking internships/jobs.
· Connect with professors, members from your college alumni association, friends, family, mentors, colleagues, fellow members of professional organizations, fraternities, sororities, religious organizations, and volunteer organizations for references or leads for jobs.
· Attend Job Fairs and talk with recruiters to gain insight on desired skills and tips for landing the job! Do a search online for job fairs or contact your career advisor.
o Hiring Our Heroes: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/events/hiringfairs
o National Career Fairs: http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/
o Intelligence Careers: https://intelligencecareers.com/events/

· Join professional organizations to network and gain industry inside knowledge. Examples of organizations include:
o National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA): http://www.nfbpa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3916
o Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA): http://www.bdpa.org/
o Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA): http://www.afcea.org/site/
o National Security Executives and Professionals: http://www.nsepa.com/
o Federally Employed Women: https://www.few.org/
o Blacks in Government: http://www.bignet.org/

Fit and Fierce

#Fitness #FitChick #Health #Wellness #GSC
This was me a year ago! Let’s see if I can get back on my healthy living and fitness journey. I rarely talk about my health goals but it’s important to share and hopefully inspire others. I lost 12 lbs naturally by drinking my green juice every morning, eating a healthy breakfast with eggs and turkey bacon, lots of salad for lunch, chicken, fish, and turkey, and I eliminated sugary juice from my diet. I still treated myself to chocolate occasionally. My goal is to lose 30 pounds this time around and tone this body through fitness and healthy eating. I rarely take full body shots or look in the mirror so I normally don’t see my progress. This time the purpose is to get back down to my comfortable weight and go shopping at my favorite stores for new cute outfits. The road to fitness is a lifelong journey! What fitness tips do you have to share with others?

Summer Internships for College Students

#College #Students #Internships Summer Internships for college students. To search for hundreds of 2017 summer internships, visit: http://www.FindInternships.com

To view 2017 minority summer internships, visit: http://www.findinternships.com/search/label/Minorities

#1 – The NBA Internship Program offers college students an exciting opportunity to use their skills and classroom learning within a national sports environment. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/10/nba-internship-program.html

#2 – The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program is a 10-week, full-time, paid summer work opportunity for deserving students with an interest in the NASCAR industry. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/03/nascar-diversity-internship-program.html

#3 – Black Enterprise Internships are designed to provide real-life work experiences for college students interested in a career in the media industry. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/10/black-enterprise-internships.html

#4 – The NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship offers an opportunity for a minority, female college student to be chosen for a unique two-year internship program. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/10/ncaa-ethnic-minority-and-womens.html

#5 – The Minority Access Internship Program offers spring, summer and fall internships for college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduates and professionals. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/05/minority-access-internship-program.html

#6 – Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships are available for college students pursuing undergraduate associates or bachelors degrees. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/09/congressional-black-caucus-foundation.html

#7 – Explore Microsoft Internship Program is for current college undergraduate minority students pursuing a degree in computer science or software engineering. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/04/Explore-Microsoft-Internship-Program.html

#8 – BET Networks Internships provides paid internships for both undergraduate and graduate college students at five different locations.
Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/09/bet-networks-internships.html

#9 – The UNCF/NAACP Gateway to Leadership Internship Program is a 10-week paid summer internship for undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/04/uncf-naacp-gateway-to-leadership-internship-program.html

#10 – Google Internships is rated No. 1 by Forbes as the best internship opportunity for college students interested in a career in software engineering. Google offers an open culture and rich learning experience as well as good pay. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/02/google-internships_15.html

#11 – The TV One Internship Program is open to full-time or part-time students attending an accredited college or university with an interest in a career in the media industry. TV One, one of the largest African American cable networks. Internships are offered to undergraduate college students in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/09/tv-one-internship-program_12.html

#12 – Oracle offers a 8-week, paid internship for students who attend one of the 39-member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The internships help students to gain knowledge and experience in the field of technology. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2014/01/oracle-diversity-internships_95.html

#13 – The National Urban League Summer Internship Program offers internships to students who are interested in a career in the non-profit industry. The program provides an 8-week paid internship for college students in either New York City or Washington, D.C. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/04/national-urban-league-summer-internship_8.html

#14 – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) offers internships to minority students interested in pursuing a future career in journalism. Applicants selected for a 10-week internship will be offered positions in print, broadcast or online disciplines at selected news organizations across the country. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2016/11/nabj-internships.html

#15 – The Essence Communications Internship is a 9-week, paid internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a career in the media industry. Candidates must have a strong interest in issues among African American women.
Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/10/essence-communications-internship_73.html

#16 – The Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) offers a full-time summer work experience for college students pursuing a career in advertising. Eligible students must be Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Multiracial or Multi-ethnic. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/05/multicultural-advertising-intern-program_5.html

#17 – Merck offers 9-11 week internships are available to college students in the areas of research & development, sales & marketing, information technology, human resources, communications, finance and legal, as well as internships in biology and chemistry. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/03/merck-internships_1.html

#18 – General Motors offers internships in the areas of communications, finance, information technology, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, health and safety. The internships offer a paid opportunity for students to receive a challenging work experience in the automotive industry. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/04/general-motors-internships_33.html

#19 – DELL Computers offers 10-12 week internships during the summer for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of marketing and sales, finance and accounting, IT and more. Internships provide real-world experience for college students while they are still in school. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2014/01/dell-internships_9.html

#20 – PricewaterhouseCoopers offers more than 700 internships each year across 29 countries for college students majoring in accounting and finance. Students will work with highly skilled professionals and receive a realistic insight into the accounting and finance profession. Learn more at http://www.findinternships.com/2013/03/pricewaterhousecoopers-internships_67.html

Sincerely,

Simply Ebony

The Patriots Make Miraculous Comeback to Win Super Bowl LI

Congratulations to the Super Bowl LI champions the New England Patriots on their 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Tom Brady and his team made an amazing comeback. There is absolutely no way that the Falcons should have lost that game with a 21-3 lead in the second quarter. The Patriots played well under pressure and never gave up. It’s easy to throw in the towel when your team is losing. Never once did they stop playing. The Patriots proved one thing: Always give 100% until the end.

Chris Brown Brags About Stalking

This is extremely disturbing. Chris Brown aka. Breezy posted a video on Instagram and told women everywhere, “Ladies, y’all be complaining about n***** being, like, stalkers and in love with y’all, kinda crazy and s*** and you get tired of it. Well, guess what? I’m one of them n*****! If I love you, b****, ain’t nobody gonna have you. I’m gonna make you miserable. I’m going to chase that n**** out and I’m gonna chase yo ass around, and it’s done.” To watch the original video that Chris Brown posted click here: https://mobile.twitter.com/twerkinonbreezy/status/826568874548133890?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Listen as a woman that has had a man go crazy and stalk me this video is disturbing. There’s nothing cool about being afraid to go to work or home. He’s a proud abuser and stalker. Ladies/Fellas have you ever had a man/woman stalk you? What did you do? How did it make you feel? Have you ever admittedly stalked someone?

Beyoncé Pregnant with Twins

Queen Beyoncé just came through and shut the internet down! Bey said I already presented you with Blue now I’m coming with twins! What will the names be: Pink Rose and Purple Lilac? I’m sitting here about to eat this Caramel Cookie ice cream reevaluating my love life. I need to go on and scope out my Jigga aka. Jay-Z and set the world on fire.

What is it about Beyoncé that keeps us all talking? Good or bad every social media platform is blowing up with memes and updated statuses. Thank goodness she lightened the mood on our timelines a bit. Sure it’s heavy dealing with all this political turmoil. The reality is it’s okay to step back and focus on positive things in our lives. Remember to love freely, laugh often, and live. Self care is important.

Congratulations to The Carters!

Sincerely,

Ebony

Travel the World on a Budget

#Travel #Tips #Money #Savings #DiscountTravel #ErrorFares #FlightDeals #GlitchFares #Discounts #Flights #SimplyEbony Here are travel tips that I’ve compiled to help you explore the world for cheap! Who doesn’t like savings? Please review and if you have additional tips please comment. Don’t forget to follow my new blog “Simply Ebony” to stay updated on Travel, Politics, Trump, Federal Government Employment, Career tips, Entertainment news, and Life.

* Plan around cheap airfare! If you see discount deals. Book the flight! Then reserve your lodging.

* Sign up for Ebates to get cash back and discounts on hotels, flights, tours and much more: https://www.ebates.com/r/EBONYA154?eeid=33618

* Get travelers insurance! This will save you the headache and unexpected costs to cover instances where you need to change travel arrangements, lost baggage, unexpected illness or medical emergencies.

* Research, research, research!! Know what it costs to fly to your favorite destinations so when you see a sale pop up you will recognize it as a deal.

* Research Hotels, Excursions, and Destinations…use Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com).

* Set price alerts for flights…. you can do that on Hopper, Kayak, Google, via the airline websites, and other airline ticket sites. They’ll send you updates with flight prices and notify you when the price drops.

* One way tickets can save you money. Search around and compare prices for one way fares vs. round trip fares.

* Contact travel agents to get quotes on full packages and then go to Kayak or similar travel sites to see if you can find cheaper prices for air and/or hotel. If you find better deals you can try to negotiate a lower package with your travel agent or break down your package and solely book air and/or hotel with the travel agent if it is cheaper.

Maximize your Airline Rewards!
* Apply for and use the airline rewards Credit Card
* Shop via the airline rewards website
* Register with the rewards dining program
* Research and shop/dine at rewards places to get points
* Check the hotel partners list and make sure you update your accounts with the airline info so you get rewards points for your stays

Discount Vacation Deals

* Expedia – http://www.expedia.com
* Travel Zoo – http://www.travelzoo.com
* Groupon – http://www.groupon.com
* Living Social – http://www.livingsocial.com
* Bookit – http://www.Bookit.com (Bookit allows you to make payments. You can make a reservation and change/cancel the reservation if the rates drop or your plans change.)
* Clark Howard – http://www.clark.com/travel (Great deals for international travel)

Cheap Flights

* Airfare Spot – airfarespot.com
* Kayak – http://www.Kayak.com
* HOPPER – http://www.hopper.com
* Secret Flying – http://www.secretflying.com/usa-deals
* Fare deal Alert – http://www.faredealalert.com
* Flight Deal – http://www.theflightdeal.com
* Google flights – http://www.google.com/flights
* OntheFly – https://www.itasoftware.com/travelers/
* Skyscanner – http://www.skyscanner.com
* Priceline – Priceline.com
* SkipLagged – https://skiplagged.com (Great for those who use carry-ons only)
* Affordable – http://www.airfordable.com (Layaway tickets)

Special Note: Follow all of your favorite airlines and the above flight deal sites on Twitter and FaceBook to get real time notifications and Flash Deals.

Cheap Hotels and Lodging
* Priceline – http://www.Priceline.com
* Express Deals – http://expdealshotel.com/
* Better bidding – http://www.betterbidding.com/
* Hotwire – http://www.hotwire.com
* Hotels.com – http://www.hotels.com
Special note: Visit your desires Hotel’s link directly to find good deals and comparison shop using the above links.

Private Home/Villa/Condo/Townhome Rental Companies
* HomeAWay – http://www.homeaway.com
* VRBO – http://vrbo.com
* AirBNB – https://www.airbnb.com/
* InnClusive – https://www.facebook.com/innclusive/

Special Note: Private Home/Villa/Condo/Townhome Rental Companies are great ways to save money. If you are traveling with a group you will save substantially by splitting the cost of lodging. If you don’t mind cooking some of your meals, you can go grocery shopping and maximize the use of your kitchen and savings. Extended stay hotels also have kitchenettes where you can cook small meals.

Follow these sites on Twitter and Facebook to get immediate info on Flight Deals and Flash Sales:

* Travel Deal Tree @traveldealtree

* Secret Flying @SecretFlying

* The Points Guy @thepointsguy

* The Flight Deal @theflightdeal

* Airfare Watchdog @airfarewatchdog

Sincerely,

Ebony

Karlief Moye Kills Three Co-Workers at the Blue Sunday Bar and Grill in Bowie, MD

On Sunday morning, at approximately 2:15 a.m., Karlief Moye, allegedly went on a rampage and killed three of his coworkers at the ‘Blue Sunday Bar and Grill’ in the Hilltop North Shopping Center of Bowie, Maryland, along Race Track Road. Moye later attempted to kill himself and is currently hospitalized. The victims of the triple homicide are 46-year-old Sherwood Morgan of Lake Arbor Way in Mitchellville, 27-year-old Jin Chen of Dove Circle in Laurel and 28-year-old Xue Zou of Doves Fly Way in Laurel.

What is truly perplexing-still with the smoking gun in his hand-those familiar with Moye are saying, “he would never do anything like this,” well he did. Why is it necessary to excuse violent behavior? Just because you know a person and you saw a certain side to them, it does not equate to their innocence or determine that they are incapable of violent acts. Violence occurs. Anger does not have a face or a type. Three people have been killed. Why is there a need to pacify violent behavior by saying “he’s a nice guy?” Why is the first thought not: “Three people lost their lives and the murderer should be held accountable?”

How do you respond if a violent workplace incident occurs? Do you know the steps to protect yourself? This incident should have us all alarmed. Realistically a tragedy like this can happen anywhere. You just never know who will snap at any given time. Be careful out there and stay vigilant.

These situations are tragic. May all of the victims Rest In Peace. Praying for the families, friends and coworkers.

For more on this story visit: http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/2017/01/suspect-in-double-homicide-injured-by.html?m=1

Steve Harvey Faces More Backlash After He Cancels Neighborhood Awards

Steve Harvey, the talk show host and radio personality has quietly ended the highly acclaimed Neighborhood Awards, formerly known as the Hoodie Awards, after more than 16 years. The Neighborhood Awards recognized local businesses, community leaders, teachers, churches and local entrepreneurs.

Harvey’s reason for cancelling the Neighborhood Awards, despite major community interest and its previous success, is reportedly due to a break from former manager Rushion McDonald, who owns the show and concept. After Harvey parted with his manager more than a year ago, he decided to stop supporting the event.

Harvey has recently faced major criticism for meeting with President DonaldTrump at Trump Tower on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Harvey has stated that he ‘didn’t expect’ the serious backlash he received from the Black community.

Harvey said, ’On a personal note, a lot of y’all hurt me,’ during a recent message to his radio audience, phoning in from his tropical vacation on January 16, the day of the meeting. ‘You really did. I didn’t expect the backlash to be so fierce.’

Harvey has maintained that he met with Trump in an effort to ‘get some things started’ and make ‘a plan for the inner cities’.

Harvey, a known comic, has been trying to position himself as a motivational speaker and community activist, so he doesn’t understand why people don’t think he was worthy of being an ambassador for his culture,’ the DailyMail.com source said.

Harvey has spent the last week vacationing with his family on a private island in the Caribbean and is focused on a new venture called Sand & Soul Festival, which will debut in October in Nassau, Bahamas at Atlantis Paradise Resort.

Members of Harvey’s team hope that the fallout from the Trump meeting, and the cancellation of Neighborhood Awards – as well as reports that Atlantis Paradise Resort is being sued for an outbreak of bed bugs – won’t deter fans.

Harvey’s radio listening audience consists of 76% of black women. He needs to seriously find a strategy to reconnect with his audience so they don’t abandon him permanently. The drastic loss of his support base could severely impact his bottom line. It’s essential to his livelihood and the survival of both his radio and television shows.

Harvey should have considered the long term ramifications of his meeting with Trump. Less than a week prior to the meeting Harvey was a staunch opponent of then President-elect Trump. His credibility is now in question. Steve looked surprised following the meeting. It was as if he didn’t expect the paparazzi to show up and for Trump to loudly express that they were old friends. Now Harvey has to deal with the back lash of his actions.

What are your thoughts? Can Steve Harvey come back from this major fall from grace?

Maryland Women’s Legislative Briefing New Visions, New Voices: Charting the Course for Our Future

Today I plan to sit at the table with women throughout Maryland to discuss important legislation concerning us at the Maryland Women’s Legislative Briefing. It’s hard to have a voice if you don’t sit at the table. Rape laws matter. The Violence Against Women Act matters. Immigration laws matter. Equality in Pay matters. Family Medical Sick Leave and the minimum wage increase matters. These are all issues we’ve been fighting for years. These are topics we’ll be discussing today. How to push forward on these laws impacting women. Today we will establish “New Visions, New Voices: Charting the Course for Our Future.”

Get involved! If you are interested in joining the movement to chart our future here are steps that you can take:

Run for office.
* Volunteer to help a campaign.
* Apply for positions on the local Task Forces and the Commissions.
* Learn who your Congressional Representatives are and contact them to let them know how you feel about the Executive Orders. Find and contact your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Sincerely,

Ebony