dvdit wrote: »
Even though it is been a while since I have posted here, I feel compelled to post my progress so others won't be discouraged by some negative comments posted here and elsewhere. As soon I passes my A+ in 01/2013, I landed my first IT job as a PC refresher/installer on a contract basis for 6 months. I got good feedback from people I worked with and when my contract was up, my company gave me a full time position as a Tier II IT support technician. Since then I have earned my Network+ and security+ and scored 95% on both exams. My company is so impressed with my job and test performance, they have agreed to help develop my career goal in Cyber security. They will be paying for my next cert, CEH, including boot camp and online CBT course. Not sure who offers a good boot camp for CEH, I will post on the CEH forum to inquire about this.
So don't be discouraged if you are thinking about getting into IT if you are 40+. If you have the will, there is always a way. I made a career change at 48 and in short 2 years, I have made a good progress in promotion and pay. I have been promised a huge jump in salary once I pass the CEH exam, since I will be moving from Tier II IT support into Cyber security. Let my journey and experience be a positive moral booster for all of you out there career changers.
A big thank you for all of you who have supported and gave me enough moral boost to go ahead full steam !!! Beer in on me
CISPhD wrote: »
First of all dvdit, welcome to the forums. You're taking a promising step into a stable field with a lot of room to grow.
Suggesting CISSP or CISA right out of the gate may not be the best path. Both of these certifications require years of experience to qualify for. Not to say that you cant study for a few months and pass the exam, but the governing body actually wont let you become certified until you have met their experience requirements.
I would say the best place to start would be some entry level certifications. Items such as the CompTIA suite are a good place to start. After achieving these, you can likely land an entry level IT/Helpdesk role where you will be exposed to a myriad of technologies. From that exposure, you can find your passion (following some in depth field research) and pursue more specialized certifications from there.
Please feel free to PM me with for additional input should you wish to lend an ear.
dvdit wrote: »
I was not afraid of failure and didn't stay in my comfort zone, unlike many of my colleagues.