How to Be an Instructor

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Hey, everyone, can Underhill here, Master Instructor is Sai Berry and this video. We're just gonna talk about how to become an instructor and some of the benefits to you for becoming an instructor.
So first things first, all you need to do to apply to be an instructor is just go to the Cyber website. If you go down the page a little bit, you'll see the contributed option.
And on this page you'd be able to see
applying to an instructor, implying, as a teaching assistant, you could be a mentor. You can also write articles and become an author, so there's a lot of ways to give back. You'll also see what I deem my terrible debut rap video, which I haven't done any more off. Thankfully,
and you also see an interview with Kelly Hander Han just talking about her experiences
as in a cyber instructor and how that's helped grow her consulting company. So if you're out there and you're thinking about creating your own consultant company and going around and perhaps educating or consulting with different Fortune 500 of 100 companies or even Fortune 1000 or even small businesses to grow your business to grow your consultant company.
This is definitely a good way to do so for the branding aspect of it,
so it applied to be an instructor. Just go ahead and select E. I won't apply to be an instructor. Just go through, apply for the job all you have to do. And by the way, it's not an actual job. It's You'll sign a contract for your course, that type of thing. It's not an actual like you won't get like a W two or somebody here in the U. S. So just have my eye on that. Um,
once you apply to be an instructor, you'll go through the audition process. So what? That is your best going going to film a video showcasing your skills, teaching something, introducing yourself as an instructor and you get a grading rubric that'll be emailed you to you and you go off that rubric and make sure you hit those areas. And then from there
ah, once you passed the audition process, you are deemed an instructor. And by the way,
like less than 1% of people that actually apply to be an instructor, make it through the audition process. So once you make it through that audition process, take a moment to celebrate what you've accomplished, cause that's a really, really super cool thing.
So what? You go through the audition process, then you'll actually go into getting your course right. You get the contract for your course, you'll determine the course topic and everything, and then you start building out to course. Now, when you start building out the course, you'll have teaching assistants available to you so you'll have a group of teaching assistants,
um, that you can use and these might be people experienced in the industry so they might know about your topic very well.
He's also might be newbies, right, people trying to get in or people that have just started in the industry in some capacity, so you'll get kind of a mixture. We don't assign Onley experience people or anything like that. We give you a good mixture that way. It's a very positive experience and gives you all the points of view. Is your building your course, especially when you get feedback on your videos.
We also have the Creative service's team that can help with editing and that sort of stuff in your videos. You'll get feedback throughout the entire process of building that out. Um, the other aspect of the cyber community. Once you become an instructor teaching assistant, you'll be in the community, and that really gives you a good opportunity to do Number one professional development, right? You're gonna learn new things
as you're building on. Courses were helping on courses in different projects.
You're also going to be networking, so we have a lot of members of the community that help each other when someone's looking for a job or looking to change jobs. We're looking for a promotion, etcetera. There's been a lot of that, and several people have gotten jobs. In fact, I know one person I won't name them. Just because a company found out that he was planning to create a course for Cyber as an instructor,
he got a job offer, so that was super cool. Another instructor used the instructor stuff. Excuse me, used his courses to build his consulting business a little more so a lot of good things you could do with that. So let's go back to so you know, some of the other benefits there. We talk about branding a lot. Of course, you'll get paid for your course once you get your course done to get the swag and all that good stuff.
But really, branding is one of the biggest things
cyber name is known is so you can do the branding a couple different ways, and it's it's sort up to you, right? The branding is good no matter what, but you can pivot it, too. Hey, I want to get a new job so you can go down that route of you want to stay an employee and just build up your brand of reputation in the industry by having content on the cyber a site
the other side of that is, as I mentioned many times already the consulting sites. So
if you want to build sort of that side hustle or that side business and build that up and get some extra money coming in, this is a good way to do so to help build your brand to show that you actually know the things that you talk about, right?
So a lot of people will talk in an interview. Yes, I know Python. Yes, I know lets you say Java. Yes, I know howto set up a sim. Yeah, I know Splunk. Really? Well, I know this. I know that. But the reality is can you actually teach someone else? And that's really the ultimate test of do you actually know that thing? Right?
So that's where coming becoming instructor really place in is you can say yes. Look, I know this thing. Here's my course on Cyber Re where I teach that thing. Look at my reviews.
You know, students love my stuff. Look at the feedback I'm getting on social media. This shows that I know this. So, by the way, you should hire me. Or by the way, you should hire my consultant company.
Now, once you've created your course,
you might be thinking about Okay, Well, what's my next course? Right. And a lot of people a lot of instructors don't know what they want to teach next. Some do you know, especially if you're doing, like, certification base. So, um, as an example, we have a young woman that's that's created the yellow ball, of course
on the site. So she's working on Green Belt, And then, of course, after that black belt, you know. So the different lean six Sigma
certifications there those air easy, right? You know, as faras the natural progression as an instructor, you you know, I've got these different Certs, so there's a progression from the entry level all the way up to the experience level. But let's say that you're teaching something a little more generalized, like, you know, basic networking or something like that. You may not know the particular route that you want to go.
Well, that's where the Cyber Bounty Board comes into play. This is where we got all the topics that we need courses on and then also on this body board. Right now, it's still in the works. But eventually there will be a syllabus built for each one of these. So that way, if you are kind of asking yourself what is cyber political science, you'll be able to actually click on that
look at the syllabus and say, Oh, wait, I know all those things. I just haven't heard it called that before,
and then you could actually probably teach that course right? So once you go through these and you figure out the different course topics you want to teach as your next course, all you have to do is just reach out to the cyber team and let us know that Hey, I want to teach these topics. Are they still available? Because again, this is gonna be updated, but not not always in real time. So
as an example, let's say I decide I want to teach cyber political science.
I reach out to the cyber team. I find out that that one's taken, but they have cyber policy, which I'm also good at. And I say Okay, yeah, sure, I'll teach that one so I could still get a course to teach. Now, don't feel like this is an all inclusive list. If you have a topic that you can't find in the board here that you think is something relevant to the industry that people want to know about and want to learn,
then you definitely want to let us know and just say, Hey, I'd like to teach a course on this
and this is why, because it's, you know, something that people are looking for in the industry. In my particular part of the industry. My particular job rule and that way we can get it on our sheet. We obviously wouldn't be able t o wouldn't be able to know every possible thing that might be out there to teach. So we have more than more the
the generalized things from industry backs, best practices and sort of the hot topics and stuff like that, like machine learning kubernetes that sort of stuff. But we also understand that we may not know everything possible. So we're happy to take your ideas on courses that you want to teach and implement those as well.
So it's kind of recapping on your benefits as an instructor. Of course, we talk about your getting page to create the course. You'll also get swag when she complete the course.
Branding again is probably the biggest part. Of course, you're given back in that sort of stuff, which we all like to do. But branding really helps you in. Your current role helps you in potentially getting a new role as well as helps you. If you decide to build a business or do consulting, this actually can help you as well.
And as I mentioned, some of the other fringe benefits are things like having teaching assistants available, having a whole community available,
the networking, the professional development. You'll get the insider pro access so you can keep up your skills using labs and taking new courses, etcetera. So just a whole lot of benefits to becoming an instructor that I definitely recommend you take advantage of. So if you're teaching assistant right now and you're saying, Well, I just don't have the time to teach a course
there's a lot of courses that are gonna be a short topic that air probably a couple hours in length of the actual finished product of the course. And in reality, that might take you maybe a month or two. It's really just about time management at that point, which will have, ah, video on as well to kind of walk you through that. But
because really, just about time management saying yes, I want to do this Just think of it like a certification exam, right? So you
you know you want to go get the CSP right or the security Plus, we'll say that one
you're gonna have to study, you're gonna have to budget time, and you're gonna have to sacrifice maybe you can't watch the television that you normally watch. You can't play, go on, play sports with your friends or whatever. But you got the short term sacrifice for a long term game. So think of these course creations
as the same thing there, right? We were giving a short term sacrifice, but we're getting a really long term benefit in our career by becoming instructor in creating horses on the site.
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