JORJA O’Connor loves all things cyberspace.
The 15 year old Galen Catholic College student recently attended the Australian Army Cadets cyber security camp in September, despite being four months under the listed age.
“I joined the Australian Army Cadets Wangaratta at the start of last year because I had an interest in joining the defence force and learning new skills,” she said.
“I’m now a Lance Corporal within cadets so I did a junior leadership course during the mid-year holidays and am now strengthening my leadership and communication skills as well as making lot of friends.
“Since doing the course I’ve realised I can stand up and teach people how to do things as well as step back and make sure everyone’s ok; I’m still in the learning phase for leadership but I am learning about myself and my type of leadership.”
Jorja began as a recruit at the beginning of last year before passing the test to become a cadet and then opting to do the leadership course to become a Lance Corporal.
When she got an email about the cyber camp she was immediately interested, as she had done a cyber security workshop with Charles Sturt University prior to the camp.
“Despite my age, I was accepted into the course because of my experience with the VEX Robotics and Girls in Cyber Security Advancing Course,” she said.
“Around 40 cadets of all ranks and experiences around Australia went to the five day camp, where we went through security modules and going to lectures or visiting the Department of Health and Human Services or the war memorial in Canberra.
“At the end of the camp there was a large competition and my team came second by one point.
“It’s definitely a possibility for me to have a career in cyber security; whether that’s within the defence force or as an ethical hacker.
“I think my plan is to get a degree with the Australian Defence Force Academy and then joining the defence force but for now I have three more years in cadets and will just continue to move up the ranks.
“I’ll also continue my roles with the Galen VEX Robotics team, student leadership and Wangaratta Youth Council.”
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