So almost 3 years have gone by since I graduated from college and boy did I learn a lot about myself and where I want to take my IT career. I first started off wanting to become a network engineer and getting my CCIE. After working, my gears shifted to becoming a Penetration tester/Red team. When I first started this journey, I didn't know anything about Penetration Testing. Heck, it took me 3 hours to learn how to use Metasploit at a basic level with ms08-067 (I know scary stuff). My journey first started with obtaining the CEH certification after paying 2k for a bootcamp. This got me started in learning more about penetration testing. From here, I started practicing with Vulnhub and reading magazines from Hakin9 and signed up for the OSCP back in September 2016. I did fail the OSCP recently. However, I had enough for 50 points out of the necessary 70. During this time since graduating, I spent everyday after work and my weekends studying and challenging myself to get new certifications and gain more knowledge. Since graduating college (coming on 3 years in June) I obtained multiple certifications with some of my prized certifications being GPEN,GCIH and the LPT. My new job has even gotten me to the point where I have compromised systems with shell access. Hard to believe that 3 years ago I didn't know how to use Metasploit or what a reverse/bind shell were and now have 3 well known industry certifications demonstrating my knowledge in this field. Even wrote my own MSF auxiliary module. Since all this studying, I quit my old position in SOC and obtained a new job as a Security Analyst/Specialist with my next goal becoming on the Red team. To anyone who thinks it is impossible to reach your goals/dreams, YOU CAN DO IT!!! I still have a journey ahead of me to get on Red team and obtain the official title of Penetration Tester but all in due time. It has gotten to the point where I am training the others on my team how to do penetration testing. Hard work and dedication will always win and shine! When you take a shortcut, you are only cheating yourself and your potential!! This place has been a great inspiration for me to keep studying and reach my dreams! Live long and prosper!! ;) Enjoy the upcoming holidays and set your goals for next year and finish this year strong. Now back to studying for ECSA before years end!
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