August 25, 2021

Military transition

Hey all,

I’m nearing the end of my contract in the navy and I’m starting to look at jobs. I joined as an IT and I want to move from network admin to a cyber security analyst and work my way up from there. I have my Net + and will have my Sec + in about 6 months. As I’m searching for jobs I see that a lot of employers want their candidates to have at least a bachelors in computer science related fields.

Will 4 years of IT experience and the proper certifications be enough to get the attention of employers without a degree? Once I’ve separated from the Navy I plan on working on my CISSP, CISM and OSCP.

I was planning on obtaining those 3 certs via benefits that I will receive once service is complete, but not I’m starting to second guess myself and thinking about going to school, if it’s that important.

I would greatly appreciate any input on whether my experience and certifications is enough to get in or if it would be worth the time to enroll in classes.

Thanks guys!



Based on what I have seen, experience trumps degrees. They may say a degree is required, but no one will turn away year’s of experience and upward learning trajectory demonstrated by cert acquisition. Go after the big certs as as soon as you can and start applying.

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