I am currently employed as a contractor for IBM X-Force R&D and have been so for the last 9 years. I do not have an official title although my activities are those of a cyber security analyst. Unfortunately, I am one of the 10000 people who have gotten laid off (you can read a bit more here: https://www.uni-europa.org/2021/04/no-sunset-for-ibmers/)
I got into this field by chance, learned as much as I could and it evolved into something that I love doing. After I will be gone from IBM at the end of the year, I want to continue working as an analyst and this is where I have problems. I do not have a higher education diploma and I can not afford to go back to university to get one.
While I did get a glowing letter of recommendation, I want to compensate my lack of higher education diplomas with certifications which show potential new employers that I am competent in my field.
I still have until the end of the year to take advantage of IBM’s learning programs on Coursera. As a minimum, I will get the certification for being a Security Cyber Analyst. I am also interested in doing the Security+ certification.
My question to you: would this make sense? Are there any other certifications that would help solidify my CV?
Thank you so much in advance,
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