Switching Fields - Looking for Advice
remanifest San Antonio, TXMember Posts: 3 ■■□□□□□□□□
edited December 2020 in Education & Development
I genuinely hope you all are doing well. This seems like a nice community, and I'm hoping for a bit of help / guidance. I'm brand new here - just found this place.
A little about me & where I'm coming from:
I was laid off from my job in April, where I was working as a data architect. I don't have a degree, but do have a strong aptitude for computer systems, databases, data warehousing, cleansing, analytics, etc. In July, I got a new job - not as high-level as my previous. Problem is, I am quite bored with this line of work. I want to move into cybersecurity -- for a few reasons:
- I love playing devil's advocate
- I love figuring out how systems work (and challenging those systems)
- I love being challenged with new problems
I don't have any certifications, other than a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt that I got from Udemy. I've also passed the Python & Java LinkedIn assessments, and am enrolled in SNHU's cybersecurity degree plan (as of June of this year). I'm enjoying it, and currently earning a 4.0. If I keep my pace, I should graduate by August / September of next year. I live in a major military hub, and am open to positions requiring a security clearance. I used to have one, but it's been expired for a long time. I see jobs that say that you need to already have a clearance, but none that are willing to pay for it.
Any advice that you all can offer me would be appreciated so much. One stipulation is that I can't afford to not be paid to work -- I have a family to feed, and I'm the main breadwinner.
If there is anything else that I can answer, I'm happy to do that.
Thanks so much.