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- February 16, 2021 at 10:33 am #363199
Hey all, if this post doesn’t belong here just let me know to go to another sub.
I have been thinking a lot and trying to decide if I should take a gap year after HS instead of going to my computer sci program for first year. Uni is going to be online and it’s gonna suck.
I’m just wondering if there’s another route I could take just to learn cyber security / anything to do w computers. Thank you so much, and if there’s any certifications I should try to get / anything to do let me know.
- February 16, 2021 at 10:33 am #363200
It’s a risk but you can learn a lot on your own if you are disciplined. You will want to invest in certifications with the money you aren’t spending on college, the CEH, CISSP are easy, OSCP is probably the gold standard for ethical hacking (or any of offensive security’s certs). You could easily get a job with any one of those, and showing off your skills during the interview. After that have your company pay for school and graduate debt free, they will probably give you a raise and college classes will be easy seeing how you already know everything they will teach.
- February 16, 2021 at 10:33 am #363201
I wouldn’t completely discount starting university. Online is challenging, but also has some nice benefits to it. Depending on your learning style, ability to manage time, etc. it can be extremely effective.
But as others have suggested, if you’re going to take a full calendar year off, *and* you’re pretty certain about your career path, then spending time developing some practical skills and/or picking up a certification isn’t a bad idea. But what exactly you spend your time on will depend greatly on what you want to do professionally, and you may not have a fully developed idea of what that is yet.
One alternative idea: if you already know what you’ll be majoring in, and you know what school you’ll be going to, take a look at what courses you’ll be taking during your time there. What skills are those classes going to work? Can you spend some time in the coming year working on those skills, so when you’re put to the test, you’ll be better prepared than a student that’s had no exposure to the material.
- February 16, 2021 at 10:33 am #363202
I think considering a gap year is a smart idea, you meet a lot of folks in your first year of college that helps shape your social circle.
Learning cybersecurity these days reminds me of learning starcraft and dota strategy back in the day – there are tons of great youtubers, streamers, and bloggers that can help you get off the ground. I recommend The Cyber Mentor and NahamSec as people with good entry-level videos.
It’ll be extremely challenging, but start slowly, and anything you gleam from content creators like these will only serve to give you a head-start when you start college. Eventually you might feel up to some beginner-friendly CTF (Capture the Flag) challenges.
To answer your question: yes, I’m a full-time penetration tester and everything I know is also sitting on the internet in a blog post or youtube video.
- February 16, 2021 at 10:33 am #363203
>I’m just wondering if there’s another route I could take just to learn cyber security / anything to do w computers. Thank you so much, and if there’s any certifications I should try to get / anything to do let me know.
Take one or two courses . . . enough to be half-time . . . and join your favorite open-source project. Or projects. Do a co-op. Build a homelab. Or a homedatacenter. Get your hands dirty.
Do not discount school in the long run, though. You will learn many useful **foundational** things – things like digital logic design, data structures, assembly language, linear algebra, computation theory, asymptotic analysis, discrete mathematics, operating systems, networks, and so forth – that will give you the basics. And, hopefully, you will learn **how to learn**.
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