I provide for the integrity and security of information and information systems.
A good day includes a good deal of collaboration between peers and clients discussing progress towards achieving strategic goals and projects and provide confidence in our plan and methods. I also use automated tools to confirm, research, and validate that security controls are functioning to provide for the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of information and information systems. I would also read about new methods and technologies that can best be used to find greater efficiencies.
Work Ethic. Listening. Asking questions. Accepting responsibility, especially when things go wrong, and learning from all experiences. Leadership. Dedication to one's profession through self-improvement. Information sharing. Being a good communicator, especially in writing.
Here's the first step for college students
Understand the breadth of this field and start by focusing on something you're genuinely interested in. Afterwards, pursue something that is hard and challenges you.
"Formal education isn't worth the trouble in IT because you can get by with certifications."
I decided that education was more lasting than certifications. Over time, I saw this to be true as all the hottest technologies became obsolete. College diploma is constant - can't be taken away - and serves to distinguish you from your peers. It is also universally recognized by those outside of your occupation.
I could never take more than two semesters at a time because it took too much of my time away from family and work. I always took a summer vacation then stubbornly trudged through each semester keeping my goal in sight.