Update: Career Pathway

So, for the past few weeks, I’ve really been pondering the thought of “What is my road map in my career?” or “Where do I want to be in 5 years?”

Currently, I work as an IT Specialist / Support. It’s been engaging and I’ve definitely learned a lot very fast but you can ask anyone that knows me I’m always looking ahead. I carry a sense of purpose to always progress. I believe once a person stops learning they are committing intellectual suicide in a way. It seems harsh I know but the way I see it is that I was given a brain so might as well use it!

Anyway having completed college and earned my degree in Computer Science the next step is to start acquiring certs. But which certs do I need to acquire and which ones will benefit me for the job I wish to attain? Ever since I found interest in computers I’ve always been fond of information security. I’ve always believed that the individuals in the hacker community truly desire to understand the technology through and through. They each desire to humble themselves and become a student to every situation. Something I strive to do every day. They understand not only how something functions but also how it can be manipulated into doing other things that were maybe not intended, in some cases for better or for worse. So I’ve finally decided might as well give it shot and do my best to get there. The good folks over at CompTIA have done me a great service by laying out the certs on a chart that I need to pursue in order to make my dream of working in information security into a reality. Maybe I am a bit naive but it’s a start and I’m willing to do the work. Here is the CompTIA Career Roadmap chart.

Now my plan originally was to go for the CompTIA A+ first but I thought about this for a while and I’ve changed my mind. Mostly because:

  1. Getting the A+ is not going to allow me to move to a higher position or make additional money.
  2. The A+ cert is not necessarily beneficial for me because I’m already pretty familiar with the content and the material technically prepares me for the position that I’m already in.

Now don’t get me wrong the knowledge is still valuable(learning more about Microprocessors was really cool!) and I do plan on skimming over it from time to time but with these two thoughts in mind going for my A+ would be sort of a waste of time and money.

Back in high school, I carried my CCNA cert but since then it’s expired. I feel pretty strong in Networking but there are some holes in my knowledge that I’d like to accentuate on. So I plan on going for the Network+ and spending the next few months preparing to pass this exam. Anyway, that’s all for now. We’ll see what the future holds.