January 11, 2021

Recent graduate looking for advice to break into the security field.

Hello all! I am a recent grad with a bachelor’s degree in cyber security. I had a few questions that I was hoping to get some insight into. I started my search into the job market fairly recently, and could use some advice. I’m looking to break into the field in the best way possible.

Most of my experience comes from my internship, which was unfortunately more of a general IT internship with very little security purposes involved. With that being said, I’ve searched the sub and it seems entry level roles are tough to come by. I’ve read SOC would be ideal, and eventually want to make my way to security analyst or engineer. If I am unable land an entry level role in security, what would be a good place to start to learn more skills on the job? 

I’m also looking to eventually work towards my certifications, but unfortunately don’t have the funds to afford to take them at the moment given the current state of things. As I’m always trying to learn, are there any good places online to continue learning for cheap/free like webinars or practice to improve my skills and keep them sharp while looking for a job? I plan on starting bandit over the wire this week and going from there. 

Any other questions or advice for someone like myself trying to make it into the field would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance! 

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