TLDR: I will post updates on my progress. Each update will include a section of "quicktips" to help other students. Also, I will include progress updates as well -- This is all so that I can help pass along information.
I will be starting my OSCP journey in mid October.
I am very excited as this has been a goal of mine for many years now. I have been following the offsec guys for a long time as I have used Kali quite a bit! I remember when Kali was sort of an obscure distro ....
To add to the pressure: I am also actively enrolled in the Cisco CyberOps course in cohort 4 ..... You know because I love running head first into a brick wall ...
I plan on posting my progress, resources, and frustration here. I know there are quite a few people that follow these threads to help them prepare. I did a CEH post as well, and I like that I can help people even if in a small way. - although I am enrolled in both the Cisco course and the OSCP, this thread will be focused on OSCP.
I have quite a few years in "IT" (10+) in many areas. Currently I am the equivalent of a solutions architect. Security is not new to me, however it is not my primary job role. I really started cramming it in when I took my CEH last year, but I am a bit rusty ... Time to shake that rust off.
I am self taught in most everything I know as I did not go to school. I learn best by jumping in ... I don't scare away easily
This is mostly a personal goal as I don't have a strong desire to jump into a strict red team role right away. This to me is one of the crowning achievements in my certification path. Even though I am not going to immediately shift to pentesting, my current position will benefit greatly from the knowledge I'll gain which is why they are sponsoring me. Many of our customers rely on us for security recommendations
Even though my employer is sponsoring me, this in no way makes the my day job any easier or time consuming. So I will be cramming this in along with my day job, with the Cisco Cyber course, family time (I have children). 2 up coming vacations, and just general life stuff. I am confident I can do it. And I want to do it to prove it to those on here that it can be done even with a busy schedule.
Stay tuned for updates. I plan on posting some "prep" material