September 6, 2021

What should I do next?

I’m a computer engineering student, and I’ll graduate in a year. I’m sure I want to work in this field. I’m particularly excited about Incident Response and Blue Teaming. I only had one subject related to this field in my course, and I’m currently studying to get a CCNA certification since I was excited about learning networks and wanted to know the functioning in depth (I’ve heard networking basics are necessary). I also solve some easy CTFs and I’m good with basic python, sql, web dev and Java.

I really have no peers or teachers that are interested or have experience in cybersecurity, so I’m hoping for some advice here.

•Is getting a CCNA a good idea, or should I just stick to learning the basics?

•What cert should I get next?

•What other skills/languages should I focus on learning?

•I currently have a job fair going on in my college which has mostly development and analyst jobs. Should I apply for those? I mean is experience in those fields going to help my career or should I focus on getting very specific security jobs.

•Will I even get a security job or internship at this stage without any certs and with average grades in college?

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