I have read some of the FAQ “Breaking into Cybersecurity”, but I really feel like I need some advice. I am a high school student currently trying my best to really figure out if I want to go for a cybersecurity related career. I suppose I did find this career option by looking through careers with the “highest demand” and “highest pay”. But I do find cybersecurity very interesting, and am actually taking an online “introduction to cybersecurity” class in school.

What I need advice on is if this is something I should consider feasible. I have a few colleges that I believe would be excellent for helping me to achieve my goals. Those being either Michigan State, or Michigan Technological University, but I am also considering looking into some sort of online classes, or trade school where I can jump right into cybersecurity without having to take all of the undergraduate classes. Is this reasonable?

Money is something I have to worry about as I don’t expect much support from my family (based on their income), so I am trying hard to find the cheapest, but smartest option for myself.

I also live in Northern Michigan, and don’t expect to move very far away in the near future, so I’m still trying to research if getting a job in cybersecurity up there is even considerable.

Does anyone have any input on how reasonable these goals are?

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