Zulma Trujillo Cavazos
Zulma Trujillo Cavazos is an international student from Mexico. She graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler, with a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Cybersecurity in May 2020. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri in May 2017. With these educational accomplishments one would think that she would be set for an awesome career in IT, but she soon realized that the degrees alone were not enough. She needed a certification and hands-on experience to reach her to reach her goal of becoming a Chief Information Security Officer.
Zulma enrolled in Goodwill’s GoodTech Academy and began the ComptTIA A+ course in January 2020. My goal is to complete the classes/certifications till CompTIA Security+.
“The way I leaned about Goodwill and their classes was when I was driving back home at night and I listened some of my favorite music in the radio, after that I heard an advertisement that Goodwill was offering classes computer, but mainly in Cybersecurity,” she said.
Zulma said she faced several challenges, but was determined to succeed. “English is not my first language, so it could be difficult to understand people or try to express an idea. When I started in GoodTech Academy, other challenges that I was facing were I started my last semester in the University of Texas at Tyler, I decided to start an internship in the department of Information Technology at City of Tyler, and I was working in the University of Texas at Tyler as Graduate Assistant,” she said. Needless to say, she had a lot on her plate, but she organized her time and she said she found that the courses at the GoodTech Academy better prepared her for the exams at the UT at Tyler.
“The way GoodTech Academy is helping me…[is] to study for the exams…with multiple materials to study,” including textbooks, discussions, PowerPoint presentations, videos, quizzes, answering questions and lab work in the GoodTech Security Operations Center.
GoodTech Academy offers a career coaching, career navigation and planning services, and Zulma said she found these services very beneficial in helping her to improve her short-term and long-term goals, identify the various jobs that she will be eleigible for after completing each specific certification, as well as helping her to improve her resume, and job search opportunities.
Not only does Zulma persevere despite the demands on her time and energy, she encourages other students. They study together and keep each other on task with assignments. “Working everyone together, we are able to accomplish the impossible,” she said.