I am, what I would call, a middle manager in my current field (wholly unrelated to Infosec) but with few prospects for upward mobility. I also don’t feel that what I do matters.
I have a BA in Military History (yea, I know) and throughout college worked for two tech support companies doing very broad network and device support/troubleshooting. One was an ISP the other a general help tech position working (primarily) with Windows products and devices.
I currently manage a large portfolio of Homeowners Association communities as a Community Association Manager. While not relevant to information security–I hope that anyone who has ever lived in an HOA can understand that it is a relentless field that is very underpaid for the 60+ hours you put in. As a middle manager I make $42k a year. My household being supported more so by my work as a Realtor than my primary job. But, I have zero passion for either long term.
I have been looking at the Masters program at WGU. But, in my research, have also discovered that this degree is really for building off of a foundation of knowledge that is already there and to put that feather in the cap should an employer be honing in on a recruit with a masters.
I guess I have 3 main questions:
1) Can the WGU MS be completed without a strong working knowledge of material (or rather should it)?
2) Would certifications and home-study be of greater use?
3) Should I marry both a Masters and Certs at the same time and as able–to catch up and be viewed as worth hiring?
I am 34 years old and when I dedicate myself to something–I am voracious in learning–but I am also not naive in the sheer volume and scope of info sec and what is now being more generally called cybersecurity. I don’t want to rush and make too many mistakes–but am aware that at my age I am likely behind the eight-ball.