I’m currently working as an IT engineer, and I have been working a job that is below my skill level in the public sector because it doesn’t require on-call or anything like that. I’m considering pursuing cybersecurity as it has always been an interest of mine, but I have two major concerns. I worry that this move would put me in a situation where my work life would take up a much bigger portion of my time (longer hours, on-call etc.), and that most of the jobs I would be looking at applying for would be for either big tech silicon valley companies or the federal government. I have no interest in working for either type of organization for a whole host of reasons that I’m not going to go into because this isn’t the appropriate forum to do such a thing.
Overall I’m trying to get a sense for how stressful and time consuming the lifestyle of a cybersecurity engineer really is. In the end I would rather have free time than make more money, but it would be nice to do something more challenging and exciting if I can find the right fit.
Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts you might have to offer.