July 9, 2021

Question 12,468,655 of Where Do I Start?

All,

First, I’d like to apologize as this question gets asked over and over again. That being said, I feel each individual’s question has personal information woven throughout it which makes it unique, and mine is no different.

I’m a veteran and will be celebrating that glorious 40th birthday this year. I served in the Navy for 11 long years as an intelligence analyst. During that time, I earned an associate’s in general studies, and a bachelor’s in intelligence analysis from American Military University.

I’ve never truly used my degree and quickly realized that there isnt much potential in getting a job in the field now that my security clearance is essentially gone and I have no desire to move to one of the Intel hotspots.

I’ve always had a bit of compassion for computers and took a two year networking course when I was in high school. Granted, this was way way way back and most of that knowledge has either expired in my head or is no longer relevant.

So I was like, hey I’d love to do something with computers. Let’s try coding. I used a portion of my GI Bill to take a full stack dev course, and while I graduated from the course and have a certificate from it, I can’t tell you shit I learned. Honestly, without the group projects, I doubt I would have made it through the course.

To the present: I have the option to go back to school once again with my gi bill to a local college and get an associate’s in cyber security and forensics. Many of my previous degree credits apply to this and I’d mainly only have to do the focus credits. I could be done with it in less than a year.

I have a family to try to support, going to a brick and mortar type educational environment would provide some extra income for us while I work on this career change, so it is almost a necessity to do so.

So here comes the question, finally right?

If I take this leap onto this path, will I potentially be able to get a job out the gate with an associates in cyber security and a bachelor’s in an unrelated field? Or will there be more things (certs, courses, sacrifices to various gods), that need to be done prior to getting employed in a relatively good paying position?

TLDR: I’m an old veteran that wants to get into cyber security. I have limiting factors and some major concerns trying to move forward with this and worry about not getting a job and being able to take care of my family. Please help.

Thanks in advance for your help. Please use layman’s terms when responding.

Comments

Logical_Mugs

Interesting question. You already have a Bachelor’s degree, so you check that box. Most Cyber jobs I’ve been looking at want a certification such as CISSP. I took a Master’s Degree program through WGU which included the Certified Ethical Hacker cert from EC-Council. I’m not certain how highly that is regarded, but know CISSP is big. If you can find a program that enables you to receive a certificate of that level, I believe companies will be interested in you, especially considering you are a veteran and have 11 years of intelligence experience.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Note: By filling this form and submitting your commen, you acknowledge, agree and comply with our terms of service. In addition you acknowledge that you are willingly sharing your email address with AiOWikis and you might receive notification emails from AiOWikis for comment notifications. AiOWiksi guarantees that your email address WILL NOT be used for advertisement or email marketting purposes.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.