"I had some…professors, that are absolutely brilliant. And it does prepare you, with some hands-on stuff in IT, too."
David Helwig ‘19 was a new dad when he decided to go back to school. With his daughter to care for, Helwig knew he’d have to earn his degree online and started to look into the possibilities. He had seen Southern New Hampshire University commercials and decided to dig deeper and learn more about SNHU. He liked what he saw and enrolled in a bachelor’s in information technologies, eventually pursuing a concentration in cyber security, too. A recent graduate, Helwig now holds a remote position with a Fortune 100 technology company and has begun a master’s in cyber security with SNHU.
It’s the challenge, he said, that keeps him focused on cyber security in his work and education. “It’s something new every day,” Helwig said. “It’s a cat and mouse game.”
He enjoyed the online experience earning his bachelor’s, perhaps more than he expected. His academic advisors checked in on him regularly, “just to make sure you’re okay,” he said, which made him feel that he wasn’t separate from the school as an online learner.
The course work in his degree program, along with the instructors he encountered, prepared him well for work in the field, particularly in his current role as a remote employee. “I enjoyed my experience,” Helwig said. “I had some teachers…professors, that are absolutely brilliant. And it does prepare you, with some hands-on stuff in IT, too, that helped. A lot of that stuff pertains to what you’d do at work.”
What was especially important to Helwig is that as an online learner, he was able to take care of his daughter, do his schoolwork and work in a digital forensics business he established while a student.
“It was the greatest experience,” he said, and he’s not done yet. Helwig said he knows a master’s in cyber security will provide him with a stronger educational base in this field and demonstrate to employers that he’s ready for what’s next.