January 8, 2021

Mechanic to cyber security

Hey everyone so I’m currently a mechanic/working construction but at 29 I know my body can’t do it forever. But I have a GI bill from the military along with a secret security clearance and my local community college has a cyber security program that sounds interesting. Catch is, I know very little about computers😅 I heard the money is good and on the plus side it’s physically easier on my body. Honestly seeing if anyone in the field has the sane background as me and if it’s worth taking the shot of pursuing it? And any tips or advice for when I do start would be greatly appreciated



I got a degree in political science, was supposed to go to Marine OCS after college. Shattered my hand senior year and couldn’t do pull ups anymore. I floated around a lot of jobs until I got into technology.

I did have a lot of experience with computers, but little formal education. I moved into security from analytics and software dev.

I was also very familiar with low level programming.

You can learn anything.

Do you have ch 33 or 30? Have you used any of it?

You may not be able to jump right into security, but if you start in networking or system admin you can make the switch.

Edit, I did go back to get a masters in computer science. That opened up more doors than just my experience alone. A lot of resume filters will drop you without a technical degree regardless of experience.


Not sure when you ETS’d but be sure to find a job using your clearance because after 2 years it will fully expire from ETS date and you won’t be able to use that to your advantage.

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