**First of all, thank you so much, in advance, if you read this and respond.** I’m feeling a bit desperate financially, as my career options are not great right now and my current job (freelance illustrator) just is not cutting it. I’m an intelligent, creative, independently driven person, but I made the huge mistake of spending my undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities, after which I had *hoped* to work in academia—but the academic job market is a hellscape. So, here I am looking at other options. I really enjoy learning about all kinds of theoretical systems, and I do like working with computers (and have done some low-key freelance web design in the past). That said, I have no IT experience.
Right now I am considering this path:
* Use stimulus checks to obtain two or more certifications from CompTIA:
1. **CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)**, “an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills”
2. **CompTIA Security+**, “a global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.”
* Apply for a 12-month cybersecurity apprenticeship with IBM, after which I would receive a nationally recognized credential by the Department of Labor. After completing the apprenticeship, I would also be eligible to apply for full-time roles at IBM (and, I assume, elsewhere). The apprenticeship application states that they are looking for people who are familiar with IT and cybersecurity fundamentals, and Python–but they “know you’re just getting your career started, and we’re committed to helping you learn and grow.”
Does this sound like a feasible course of action, towards a solid/sustainable career? Or is this some kind of ill-informed, naive pipedream? Has anyone here had a good experience with CompTIA? A bad one?
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for any insight, and for your time.