April 3, 2021

Stressed about my future, could use some advice.

For context, I’m a 24 y/o guy who is currently 1 quarter away from getting an Associates in Network Administration. This doesn’t mean much to me as I don’t remember a good portion of what I learned. I’m going to be attending a university this coming fall and in the last 5 days, something finally clicked in my head that I need to take my future seriously.

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So, here I am, writing this post. I’m going to be going for my BS in ITAM – Cybersec, and I’m all kinds of nervous. I’ve gotten some awesome advice from people in this sub and from other subreddits, and I’ve got a little background as to my path. Go for my A+, Network+, and eventually Sec+ certifications on top of my degree, as well as try to find an I.T. job of some sort while at Uni so I gain hands-on experience for the future.

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Now, I have some questions/thoughts that I just want to get off my chest.

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**1) For those of you who work as hiring for Cybersec jobs / manage them or know the process, what is it you guys look for in a candidate fresh out of college? I’m trying to figure out everything I need to do to be a successful worker and be marketable enough to find a job.**

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**2) Certifications > Degree, true or false? I’m going to go for both regardless, but I’m wondering if I should have a couple dozen certifications in the next few years.**

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**3) Considering I’m starting from a low-mid tier knowledge level (Currently struggling with learning Hardware and some protocols), will my University life be 100% focused on perfecting my knowledge of I.T.? This is a hypothetical, I’m mainly stressing out thinking I’m going to have 0 free time at Uni to do anything other than breathe I.T.**

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**4) What are some books/websites/videos that are awesome to learn from? I’m currently using CompTIA exam guides, but I’m wondering if there are more references for I.T. learning.**

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I’m big stressed and that’s the main reason behind this post, but I’m hoping I can glean a bit more information so as to be adequately prepared. Thanks guys.

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