"I believe that my degree can make a positive impact by proving to other women that they should chase their dreams ... "
Briana Beyerl likes to be busy and she likes a challenge. That's a couple of the reasons an online bachelor's degree in Information Technology at Southern New Hampshire University fits her bill nicely.
Beyerl, a graphic designer by trade, decided recently to pursue an IT degree with a concentration in cybersecurity because it's a field she's fascinated by and one that is growing quickly. She also likes that cybersecurity promises to continually challenge her, as will working in the industry as a woman. "Because the cybersecurity field is male-dominated, I am basically going against all odds which will be difficult but immensely satisfying once I have proven to be at least as skilled as my male counterparts," Beyerl said.
Beyerl has no lack of interests making demands on her time, including a husband and their three children. She said taking courses online at SNHU makes it possible for her to take care of her responsibilities at home, and at work while earning her undergraduate degree. "I do try to stay on top of (coursework) to complete the majority of my assignments before the weekend, but sometimes life gets in the way - which is why I am thankful for SNHU's flexibility," she said.
Beyerl said many companies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries are hiring more women than in years past, but it's a gradual process. She hopes her pursuit of a technology degree and future work in a STEM field can be one more example to others that women have a place in the industry. "I believe that my degree can make a positive impact by proving to other women that they should chase their dreams even if those dreams don't align with social norms," she said. " ... I will be one more woman with a career in IT, and maybe that will inspire others to be more accepting of women in the field."