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Finally got in the field

I enjoy reading peoples story on these forums whether they be newcomers to the IT field or veterans. I started my IT degree back in 2014 while being a high school math teacher. Finished my degree this Summer and began my graduate Cybersecurity program at Utica College this fall. Back in 2015 attempted to get out of teaching and took the first job in the technology sector with Verizon as a Technical Specialist at a call center. Stayed there for about four months and knew that wasn't what I wanted from my IT studies and in my career. Went back to teaching and decided I wouldn't take a job out of teaching unless it was something I felt I wanted. I got lucky this summer and scored an internship with a DoE contractor at a nuclear facility in their Cybersecurity group. It was awesome as I got to test my knowledge and training in a real world setting. This internship has led to four full-time offers, two with the intelligence community.

I have selected a position as a Network Security Engineer for a famous telecom. I start next week in their SOC, and am ecstatic in finally getting my foot in the door of this booming industry.

Moral of the story...if you have the ability to participate in an internship, do it. I was a 29 year old summer intern, and felt out of place but man did it help me. Also, don't settle in your career no matter your age. Find something you enjoy and continue to better your understanding of the profession with certifications, school, seminars, etc.


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