June 11, 2021

Almost 40, feel like I’m killing myself trying transition into security

Hoping someone else has felt this way and can offer some advice. I’m almost 40, I’ve been in IT/OT for almost 20 years. I have a good paying job (not in cybersec.), a family, and a dependent parent. I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible and gather a few certifications over the past couple years related to cyber security, but I’m starting to burn out. At the start of this year I finally got my GICSP and ISA 62443 certs. I feel like between work, family, studies, and downtime (ends up being chores), I’m just exhausted and miserable constantly, I also feel like I’m putting too much pressure on myself. I know this isn’t sustainable and I’m not sure if it’s even worth trying to chase this anymore, I really don’t know what to do. Am I just expecting too much too fast for my current life situation?

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