So I am 22 years old and I am trying to decide between going to uni to study Computer Science or a job offer I received as a Level 4 Cyber Security apprentice.
*I have recently completed a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship in a seperate company.
They both have their own personal pros and cons and honestly I just dont know what is best for me long term. I will be honest that one of my main reasons for wanting to go to uni is the social aspect but ofc I would still study hard however I am not sure would I enjoy programming and the big downside to uni is just the costs of it all as I am from the uk so its upwards of 50k debt.
For the job I just feel its such a great opportunity, theres a possibility of completing a degree after I have completed the level 4 although this is not an absolute guarantee or is a job at the end of it. I just feel the experience especially in the Cyber Security field would help me in that field going forward in my career. Its just obviously the big downside for me here is nothing really else changes in my life social wise and I have never worked in Cyber before…
Any advice be much appreciated on which option would open the most doors for me long term, is a degree necessary for the top jobs? I have very little experience in programming but what I did with HTML and CSS I did not enjoy tbh so I have to consider this if was go go uni. The job I have been offered is within SOC, is there much career progression here? I find Pen Testing interesting but am not sure in either of these options would it let me to progress to here.