So for the past few years, I've always had a lack of certifications to back up my experience. A few months ago (in fact, perhaps just over a year ago now), I started working to get all the certifications I knew I had the skill for, and having done them, was immediately offered a post working in information protection.
Today is the first day of my new role as a Data Protection Officer, and it seems I've taken to it like a fish to water! I can't describe what it is, but I just feel like I'm totally in sync with what I'm doing, and am able to give consultancy and advice to every question thrown at me. It's a nice feeling sitting in meetings and have people waiting for me to speak because I'm the resident expert.
Just wanted to share my enthusiasm, but also to say "keep going!". Those certifications might be bits of paper, but backed with the right company and experience, they can mean a life-changing situation. Here's to being a CIO by the time I'm 40.