May 20, 2021

Feeling stuck – 1st Line Engineer

Afternoon all,

I feel like I’m in a bit of a rut currently. I’m currently working a 9-5 job in the UK stuck in what feels like a rut, somewhere I don’t particularly enjoy with no real mentorship. I understand I’m going to have to do this myself. I have basic A Levels (College degrees) in IT and Law and ideally want to progress my career into CyberSec eventually, Threat hunting, Malware analysis / deobfuscation or PenTesting sounds like so much fun and from what I’ve been learning super interesting to me and enjoyable so I know I’m in a section of IT I really enjoy.

HOWEVER. I am finding it a bit difficult to plan my path / find solid hands on experience testing these forms of work. I’m currently enrolled into Codeacademy to familiarise myself with the basics of Javascript and I’m also attending a free course at Stanford about cryptography, again both super interesting to me but does anyone have any hands on resources I can try?

I’m ideally looking for stuff like codeacademy that gets you to do the work yourself and marks you on it. I’ve enrolled into HackTheBox too which I love and have been deobfuscating Javascript and other beginner level courses.

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated please.

Big love and many thanks

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