Erkki Mäkelä, who has passed the Specialisation Education in Cyber Security, has been working in ICT for a long time.
– Technology has developed from servers into cloud platforms and hybrids of these two environments. Companies and businesses are struggling to maintain and further develop their productions systems. Information security and the related processes often receive less attention, says Mäkelä.
Mäkelä works as a Systems Specialist at Accountor. He has already gained knowledge about technologies, processes and cloud solutions, and the training in cyber security provided a fine addition to these.
– Now I will get to utilise my experience in the important security sector.
In addition to TAMK’s lecturers, part-time teachers with experience in work tasks related to cyber security were also in charge of designing the educational content. Lectures were also given by top-level experts in the field. Senior Lecturer Ville Haapakangas says he enjoys teaching experienced students. Thanks to their working life experience, these students look at things from a different, wider perspective.
– A notably broad base of experience makes teaching enjoyable, if more challenging.
Picture above: The specialisation education participants get to prepare for the interesting and changing challenges in working life, and exchange experiences. In the photo: lecturer Ville Haapakangas (in the middle), and students Erkki Mäkelä (left) and Mikko Niemi.
The specialisation education is a new statutory form of education for people holding a higher education degree. The need for training is determined together with the universities of applied sciences, businesses and other employers.
Usually adult learners with a working life background are slightly more motivated than younger students. The fact that their education is not free might have some effect on the matter, as well.
Adult learners also want more interaction, so more time must be reserved for discussions during the lectures. Both younger and more experienced students share the desire to perform concrete tasks during class.
Now I will get to utilise my experience in the important security sector.”
Flexible, high-quality education
Erkki Mäkelä says he has studied at TAMK before. He thinks the education there has been up-to-date, of high-quality and flexible for those students who also have jobs. The students have also had a chance to influence the educational contents. A student’s thesis can be tailored to suit an employer’s needs, which benefits all parties.
– We will agree with the employer on the division of the education costs and the number of working hours spent studying, says Mäkelä.
The Specialisation Education in Cyber Security is based on an extensive study on working life. After the programme, the student will have the skills to improve their own and their employer’s cyber security.
The student’s technical skills at realising and testing ICT solutions’ cyber security will improve.
– I have also gained new and important networks in this field through this education programme, Mäkelä says.
TEXT: ANNI KILPELÄ | PHOTOS: TIINA SUVANTO