When did you realize your career was at a point where you no longer needed to chase down the next certification? I’ve known a mixture of both groups – people who constantly jump from cert to cert and hoard a ton of them – and people who have been at it for a while and have a few certifications they got early on and then just built up such a wide range of skills/experience that they were able to carry their careers forward on that alone.
For me I used a couple of certifications to get into the field, working as a SOC analyst (getting experience with threat hunting, IR, etc.) while slowly expanding into the security engineering realm – and now I’m a full time security engineer focused less on the day to day security operations world and more on the design/implementation/enhancement of a security program.
So at this point I’m like 38 years old and feel like I don’t really have the personal time to chase down anymore certifications, and honestly I feel like my experience has been the biggest thing to get me to where I’m at in my career. Just curious what other people’s journeys were like and when they knew it was time to stop hoarding certs, if ever.