I am currently located in the US, Ohio to be exact. I recently graduated college with a B.S. in computer science, and focused my electives in information security.
My goal is one day to become a pen-tester.
I have been interviewing with multiple companies and two of them have sent me offers of employment. One company is a major software development company in this area and is planning to hire me as a solutions consultant. While the other is a major IT and cyber security service provider and is offering me the position of SOC Analyst I.
I have to chose where to go, unfortunately it’s not very easy since they are providing me with two drastically different incomes. The software development company is providing me with about 2x the income (and better benefits) of the IT company, which only offered me a hourly wage. The income I would generate with the IT company would barely keep me floating with rent and other expenses. But it would lead down to a career I am more interested in.
On top of that the software development company offered to pay for certifications if I ever wanted to take any, I have asked the IT company if they would also put for training expenses and they haven’t answered my email so I am assuming the worst.
I am looking for any kind of advice here. Would it be possible to start a career in cyber security from Solutions Consultant at a software company or should I just stick with the SOC Analyst and hope that I’ll get a promotion soon?