Career Advice for a newbie to IT

faizanchakifaizanchaki Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
I totally new to IT profession. Although have been attached to computers and internet for a long time but I don't have a degree in CS. I have been studying finance and commerce.
I now want to do a career change and need advice on how to go about being a certified information security professional. Please guide.


  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Member Posts: 1,775 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Welcome to the forums.

    Since you stated such a specific goal it should be something you can look into already. If you have more specific questions there are a lot of active members and plenty of past posts on the subject.

    This is a great site so stick around and I can assure you this site helps with motivation when it all seems like to much.

    I would try this for starters.
    Let me google that for you
  • faizanchakifaizanchaki Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Googled it. It seems most people suggest doing CompTIA Security+ to get started. But I don't have any sort of experience in the field. I'm from Pakistan so I also don't know about the testing centres and fees etc.
  • DoyenDoyen Member Posts: 397
    If you don't have any experience, I would recommend looking into the A+ and Network+ certification before considering Security+. There are plenty of free material on YouTube (such as Professor Messer) that you could watch to gain some insight on the IT field.
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  • Jonathan A.Jonathan A. Registered Users Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I'm in the same boat as OP, looking to switch to IT and specialize in networks/security. I've received my CompTIA Network+ cert, but I still seem to fall on deaf ears/eyes. In my last application attempt, the recruiter told me I didn't have any experience in a Windows environment. The position was an entry level IT support and required basic Windows Vista/7 exposure.

    Unless you're surrounded by a plethora of IT security companies, you're going to need to build on your certs and start from the beginning. Personally, I will probably sit for the Microsoft MTA exam, take a starter/entry level position, and maybe attempt MCSA shortly after.

    When it comes down to it, you'll need to do some research yourself. As far as a career change, I would recommend obtaining an entry level certification such as the MTA because you're never going to beat out someone with professional experience.

    If anyone else has any feedback or suggestions, I would certainly welcome it.
  • BaroneBarone Member Posts: 36 ■■□□□□□□□□
    If your completely new, something I've learned from the Service Desk environment is to sell your customer service skills and client relationship building/maintaining/managing skills. Technical skills help but you still need to communicate with people everyday.
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