October 10, 2021

Am I approaching this career the right way?

I’m 22 right now, former Infantry and I want to get into cyber security and specifically Pentesting. I know it’s not the glamorous role every movie makes it out to be. I know it’s a ton of report writing, I’m ok with that. This entire cyber world has always been an interest since childhood but was never able to pursue it due to pressure to join the infantry. I want to change my life around and finally pursue something I’ve dreamt of. I know it’ll take beginning IT jobs to work my way into system and network administration and then into an actual beginning Cyber security role. I’m ok with that too, I want to put in the work, I just don’t know where to start. I have a goal of getting a cyber security degree from USF, which (according to the schools course track) includes a net+ and sec+ certs. I have a weekend security job right now to pay for rent and life essentials. I start school again next semester on gen eds but in the mean time I was thinking about getting the IT Fundamentals, A+, and a Python cert until I get past the gen eds. My worry and uncertainty comes from literally not knowing almost anything about this entire realm. Would it be worth spending the money for those certs prior to the upper level classes? Should I learn HTML and css before ITF? I literally just have been trying to absorb all of the advice possible, but don’t know the first step to applying and following it. Yes, I know the harsh reality that it’s very difficult, that’s why it intrigues me. I’m not looking for an easy quick buck. I truly want to learn and become part of the cyber world.

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