I wrote this in LinkedIn but decided, at least for the time being, to use this TA here. I have *a lot* of cyber pros in my network and people get so personal. Also I’m Eu*opean.
To all who’ve become employed in cybersecurity: grats for making it through the HR.
Now, allow me to shed light on what it’s like for us peons who never did.
Unlike the seemingly numerous late bloomers in the industry, I got involved while still quite young: I was but 16 when I began to teach myself about computer networks, Linux and programming. I even went on to study cybersecurity first in university of applied sciences and then in university proper.
Routinely working through from dawn to dusk (for some time along a software engineer job), I studied everything about the field I could get my hands on. Did all the possible coursework, set up a lab and completed assignment after assignment on Vulnhub.
I am now 28 years old. You might think that at some point along the road I’d gotten the chance to do these things for a living. Respectfully, get the fuck outta here. Of the dozens, if not hundreds, of applications to cybersecurity positions and internships where I articulated my realistic skillset and years of motivated work, I have been invited to two (2) interviews.
From both, I was promptly told to leave, from another because the hiring manager found it offensive to be interviewing a mere corporal in reserve (naturally, as a proud reserve officer he inquired my rank and proceeded to tell me to fuck off, snickering). For the other one I was offered no reason even between the lines. They just quit a hefty bit too early. After that, I haven’t applied to a single position, nor will I again. It’s done.
So yeah, whatever you did to yield a job in cybersecurity, you can pat yourself on the back way hard because it was a gargantuous success. I myself continue to come up with things I might want to do in my life instead but so far it doesn’t look great. Painting out my frequent nightmares in my small studio, alone and on unemployment benefits isn’t what I’d expected when I took my first steps but hey what the hell.