July 9, 2021

Full-time school and no/part time work or full-time work and take a couple classes per semester?

I (22 M) just finished getting an AS in Cybersecurity in May. I also have two certifications (A+ and PenTest+). I’m going to have Sec+ and CySA+ within a couple months. I have no prior IT work experience.

My plan is to go to start school full time this coming semester at The University of Arizona for their cyber program. The program is difficult so I know completing it will benefit me greatly, but I’m not sure if I should wait on working full-time.

I’m starting to feel kinda old and want to start making more money. I’m not sure if I can get a decent paying job with my qualifications, but I’m looking into it now as an option.

Now I’m debating whether it’s better to start working full time or if I should just finish my Bachelor’s and wait a couple years. What would you recommend? What are the pros and cons of either?

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