I’ll make this short and to the point. I have a meeting with my manager here shortly about my career path and how he can help me achieve these goals. I’m currently at a Jr. Sys admin role (unofficial title, but it’s esstially what I’m doing in terms of responsibilities) and would appreciate any feedback on my current plan before I go to him for further refinement. This is a manager who has been in the IT field for close to 35 years, in positions both high and low with a decent handful of experience for most venues for IT.
My current plan in order is this:
A+ cert (I’m past this and really just need to take the test to get it)
IACRB Certified pen tester cert
Ethical hacker cert
I’m still young in the IT industry and am shooting for a pentesting job as my end goal. I know I’m not going to get there overnight and have no issues working my way up to it through entry-level cyber sec jobs.
I currently have no official college degree (a semester short of an associate degree), and from talking with many connections in the cyber security field in general and pen testing specifically it seems to be a mixed bag on what people think about going further than an assoicates.
This is still my rough draft of an idea for Certs and a general plan. I have no official clue when I should start applying for entry-level sec jobs when I start getting the certs. But more importantly, I would love any form of criticism or input from those already in the cybersecurity field on what you feel is necessary, order I should shoot for, or even general tips that you would feel would be helpful for me to modify my goals or improve myself to get into the field officially.
Edit: While I would appreciate this being towards me specifically from what I’ve given, if you have anything to contribute, that may help someone who stumbles upon this. Please add it. I’d rather there be info in here to help more than just me if you can help it. We all know the struggle of just starting out and looking for anything to help get over that initial bump of planning your path.
Edit 2: I should mention these are both short-term and long-term goals. I have a mentor who has been helping me develop my skills, but in terms of career planning, he hasn’t been able to help me too much outside of a list of certs to try and get assisting with me making connections to get my foot in the door. A couple of you have mentioned that it’s a bit out of order, but that would be why.