I’ve been considering a career change and a college (in Canada) offers a Computer Security program I am very interested in. Currently, I don’t have any formal knowledge with computers or I.T. as I’ve only taken an undergrad in the sciences (biology).
I’ve read that the field is changing and those working in it need to try and stay updated with the latest news and I was curious how many hours a day that may be? I ask because I do enjoy spending time outside of work not working or thinking about work. I am willing and interested in keeping up to date with the latest information, but I do get apprehensive thinking about spending most of my time outside of work researching and not spending time with my family.
I’m also curious of the work/life balance of those working in the field. I understand the field is very large and hours can vary for many. I have read some things that say work hours are long with overtime and on-calls while others have said that they can still work a standard M-F 9-5 schedule. If I’m being honest, I’d prefer to stay as close to a standard M-F 9-5 schedule as possible, but I understand in the beginning the hours may be a little off. As I have stated before, I do enjoy spending time with my family and would prefer to leave work at work and not bring it home.
I’d really appreciate any information you guys can provide me regarding work/life balance, hours worked, hours spend keeping up with the latest information, ability to leave work at work, etc.