What do I have currently?
– ITIL 4 Foundation Cert
– ServiceNow System Administrator Cert (New York-2019)
– High School diploma

I was starting to go down the ServiceNow route but sure enough I ran into the roadblock that many face when trying to get into the IT field for the first time which is experience, experience and lastly, EXPERIENCE (oh and also a fancy little bachelor’s degree from a university) .

This frustrating gate keeping aspect that the HR of many companies use to dismiss you as unqualified- disregarding any certification you may have or willingness to learn- is ultimately what has rendered my faith in the process of getting into IT useless and (from my perspective) downright impossible.

That’s when I happened to come across the sub-industry of cyber security.
Of course this was mentioned in my study of ServiceNow and ITIL, but I never really dug deep enough in it until now, after my failure in my pursuit for ServiceNow jobs.

What I have learned about cyber security entry-level jobs so far is that you don’t need a fancy degree, or much qualifications really.
Its still about experience, but rather in a much more accessible way- which is through hackathons and other rather accesible ways to practice hacking which are relatively easy to find online.
That’s not to say that certification aren’t required however, but that’s where my question comes in.

The bottom line/my question to this sub:
– What do I need to get into this industry of cyber security?
*to include the certifications I need
*to include any relevant extra-curricular activities I can use/do
*to include networking strategies (as I’ve heard many say- it’s not what you know but who you know)

Thank you in advance! :)

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  • Ret-r0

    November 11, 2021

    I only have my associates in Cyber Security with A+ and Sec+ certs. I’m finding a hard time getting an entry level job because I had no pertinent experience. So I’m in the same boat. I’m going to post the RemindMe bot to see what information you get. Sorry I can’t help you champ.

  • Longwell2020

    November 11, 2021

    Get started in a helpdesk job that’s the entry point for a lot of corporate IT. If you know your stuff don’t stay there long, just enough to make some contacts and get a few years of xp. After about 5 years in IT do you start to have the experience to pick where you work.

  • Ret-r0

    November 11, 2021

    RemindMe! 24 hours


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