IT Jobs / Degrees — TechExams Community Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:15:03 +0000 en IT Jobs / Degrees — TechExams Community I'm sick of direct patient care, I want to work in IT but terrible at math Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:27:30 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees LaurenAus 134659@/discussions  I work in a healthcare career and I chose it because I thought it would be a safe degree. Originally I was going for psych but that route was too long so I detoured and did healthcare and now I regret it. I don't like my career--I have very high student loans and I am sick of dealing with unmotivated patients day in and day out and the corrupt healthcare industry at least from a rehab standpoint. I am terrible at math but have always been interested in computers. Is there anything I do--any classes--certificates I can do to get the most non mathematical IT job possible? And what would that be?
 I've seen people state they've done SQL certifications and were bad at math but when I google those jobs they require a super analytical mathematical person?? Please help. Thank you
WGU Bachelor's IT-Security - Starting 01/01/17 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:57:20 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Rylee1246 124188@/discussions
First Semester:
intro to IT

Second semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Fifth Semester
CCNA Security
Tech Writing

I plan to accelerate faster than those listed above, but that's a breakdown that's fairly conservative but not the slowest. For anyone who has done this before, does anyone see any issues with potential time to complete these? Are any classes more involved than their allotted time or less involved? Example: CCNA shouldn't take an entire semester, even if you're new to it, or, the three classes and both Linux tests may not be doable in 1 semester. (these are examples)

I'm also currently in the process of searching for a fulltime IT job in the San Antonio area, so if you know of anyone in search of IT personnel in this area let me know! help desk/desktop support/jr admin/security related.....any of those would be fine. :)]]>
Penetration testing home lab and how to mention it during the job hunt process Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:40:38 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees NavyMooseCCNA 134654@/discussions
"My home network consists of a Kali Linux VM and several Windows and Linux images I downloaded or created to learn tools such as NMAP, Nessus, and Metasploit. I am using this home lab as part of my certification studying process and to get better with vulnerability assessment."

How do others describe their home lab environments during the job search process?


1 Year at a Job Enough? Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:30:03 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees N7Valiant 134407@/discussions
Thing is, can I sell myself with just that?  I would only have 1 year of work experience in IT, but some of the things I end up doing are pretty staggering.  Expanded a forest schema so I can put Bitlocker keys in AD, wrote scripts to start up broken vendor software that doesn't start up on reboot like it should, built an MDT/WDS deployment server because I didn't want people to install an OS full manual, and now I'm tinkering around installing Windows Server 2016 on an ESXi host (which I also installed) on an old server to make sure I get the right settings before doing it on a production server.

Problem is, I don't have anything cert-wise to show for it.  I've been doing some studying for the MCSA, but after my first failure I get a deep impression that it's not something I can just force my way through.  So with just 1 year under my belt, is it possible for me to break through the HR barrier and get another job, preferably one that lets me touch servers?  I personally feel like if I transition to another Help Desk or Desktop Support position, my skills will rot.]]>
Bait and Switch....... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:41:36 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees DatabaseHead 134652@/discussions
Took this position primarily to build dashboards in tableau along with creating KPI's for sales reps etc.....   I've been relegated to a excel spreadsheet monkey......   

This is absolutely frustrating.  It's been a month and finally started to have some significant communication and now this......   Evidently it's going to be at least 6 months before the data is in tableau server and who knows if that delivery data is even accurate.  We all know how corporate projects go..   According the the boss the type of data I am reporting on isn't as critical as the other units......

So what would you do?  I'm scheduled for ~2 hour meeting with my boss and before we gear up and I am going to ask one more time just to be clear that the data I work with is going to be at least 6 months out if not longer.   Keep in mind when I interviewed for this position 50% of the questions maybe more were based around tableau......    I wouldn't of walked a way from a great paying position to munge excel sheets with pivot tables and look ups......

If there was a time to take a risk it's now.  My wife is on a contract that is ~4 months complete and it's 11 months total and pays well.  It wouldn't be ideal but our cost are low, I'm a semi minimalist.  

Sorry to barf this one you but I am concerned.  I've come from several different roles that have been laying foundation to progress my career and now this (what seems to be a turd) is happening.  It's like I took an internship role again.  

Resume review request Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:37:08 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Shane2 134663@/discussions  

  Address● Address ● Phone Number ● Email




Qualifications of Note

●       CCNA Cyber Ops

●       EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker C|EH v9

●       Security + CE

●       Active Secret Clearance




Current Roll SOC Tier 1 dec 2018-present


●       Proactively search for and respond to security events and incidents from SIEM, Firewall (FW), Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Antivirus (AV), Network Access Control (NAC) and other client data sources

●       Use strong TCP/IP networking skills to perform network analysis to isolate and diagnose  

●       Develop and Adjust SIEM rules and analyst response procedures

●       Perform analysis on IDS logs as well as a packet trace/capture logs

●       Escalate incidents and act as a Security Incident Response Team Lead when necessary



System Security admin 2 years


●       Responsible for managing PACS-specific tasks (retrieving/pushing Radiology studies, PII changes, etc.)

●       Participate in remediation discussions with project teams

●       Responsible for the vulnerability mitigation (CAT 1’s, CAT 2’s, etc.) for both servers and workstations within the PACS/Radiology environment

●       Submit POAMs for vulnerabilities that cannot be patched

●       Support ongoing Risk Management Framework (RMF) and ATO process



Sysadmin 5 years


●       Maintain mission-critical systems utilizing VMware vCenter/vSphere

●       Remediate CAT’s I, II, III vulnerabilities for Both Backend servers and Desktops

●       Assist in management of WSUS and HBSS

●       Manage and train Helpdesk Technicians

●       Monitor Operational and Security posture of network utilizing SIEM tools

●       Ensure DoD and HIPAA Compliance

●       Encrypt Devices with Symantec Endpoint Encryption


NOC monkey 9 months

●       Manage and troubleshoot Cisco switches

●       Configure, update and edit Cisco and 3COM PBX and VBX

●       Run, terminate, and test CAT5e Cable

●       Perform cable management

●       Troubleshoot Cisco and 3COM VoIP Phones


Helpdesk 5 months

●       Provided technical support to over 300 Users

●       Telework Administrator: Imaged, encrypted and deployed over 100 laptops

●       Created and maintained user accounts in Active Directory

●       Performed Data Recovery using R Studio





●       ArcSight, Splunk, Wireshark, VMware vCenter/vSphere, Windows XP/Vista/7/10, Windows Server 2008/2012, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, DHCP and DNS, NMAP, Nessus, HBSS, Linux

Resume Review Request Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:47:08 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees rsxwithslicks 134645@/discussions
Happy belated New Years! I'm wondering if any of you might be willing to take a quick glance and provide some feedback/constructive criticism on my resume.

Thank you in advance! ]]>
The CyberSecurity Skillsgap we all hear Sat, 29 Dec 2018 17:40:20 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Z0sickx 134522@/discussions
Looking to see what you guys know and help a paper i'm trying to write


Has anyone used a resume service before? Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:24:58 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees jsb515 86865@/discussions Tough job choices Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:59:48 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees rj1790 134651@/discussions I just wanted to get your input on the 2 job offers that I have received. I cannot decide on which route to go. My goal is to become a Network engineer. I only have 2 years of Desktop Support experience with little to no networking. Which one would you choose, if you were me?

Job 1: Data Center Technician 
Pay: 28 an hour
5 mins from house
- Rack and Stack work 
- Replacing hardware parts
- Travel to different parts of US to install Data Centers(No network config)

Job 2: NOC technician 
Pay 18 an hour
15 mins from house
Job description from listing
- "We provide 24-hour network integration, monitoring and management, while also specializing in IP telephony. Helpdesk position is essential for tier 1 support, for service desk/ ticket integration and incident management."]]>
Audit calls for Western Governors University to repay $700M Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:34:11 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees DatabaseHead 129200@/discussions

They are correspondence courses.

Stay tuned....]]>
Laid off to ring in the New Year Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:50:51 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees NavyMooseCCNA 134621@/discussions
2019 started off just wonderfully, six days ago I was laid off quite unexpectedly. Having worked for a very small company, having been hired to generate revenue and wind up becoming a cost center caused the owner to stop offering the service I was hired to provide and let me go.

Everyone keeps talking about unfilled cyber positions. I'm pretty junior level and I'm not seeing a ton of positions without "senior" in their title and a lot of these "senior" positions include 'mentoring of junior level employees' in the job description. 

I've been sending out resumes and I've had a few call backs. I filed for unemployment and I've managed to pick up additional hours at my moonlight job to bring income in. I'm able to devote more time to studying for my PenTest+ certification.]]>
Do you need to know how to code? in order to get far in the field? Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:51:45 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees DoubleD 134626@/discussions I know some jobs don't need to know how to code.
but others jobs such as Amazon AWS and Azure some times look like you need to be able to code.
what do you think?]]>
Techno Functional vs Business Analyst Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:24:41 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees DatabaseHead 134618@/discussions
See below.

VBA, SQL and other forms of SQL and BI scripting. 
BI solutioning, developing including managing server side applications, both customer built and COTS.  
Strong understanding of most business verticals, including supply chain, finance, accounting, operations....
Experiencing engaging senior executive level through operational folks
Design and architect data models and bi solutions
Project management

I feel the BA designations limits me to requirements capture and review........   

I just started a new gig, all is well.  Just curious if anyone finds themselves in this situation, maybe in a different role. 

In this new role, data design, reporting development, analysis, project management, server admin.   

WGU Technical Tools Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:40:55 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees mizterkewl 134608@/discussions For the Masters in Cybersecurity I know WGU is heavy on the writing, but with the two certs or maybe with some of the classes do learn and technical tools?

Career Advice for Developer wanting to transition to security Fri, 04 Jan 2019 21:40:06 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Jerrod 134573@/discussions Background:
I have a B.S in Mathematics and Minor in CompSci (also took unix admin, cisco training at tech college)
2 years as an operations manager running at technical call center
3.5 years developing winform and wpf engineering applications
6.5 years developing large enterprise web apps (c# mvc, webforms, winforms, minimal java, some php)
Contracting on side for about 12 years developing web apps, wordpress, drupal, doing office365 administration, office network setups, and other various activities.

My work does not want to invest in security training but my boss has given me the go ahead to build security training for all the developers and he is pretty open about letting me pen test all our apps etc.
I have pluralsight and studied all about web security and completed all the apps in the web security dojo. I then took that knowledge and audited all our programs fixing the issues I found. 
I have now begun studying the exploits of years past, running VMs like metasploitable, vulnhub vms etc. I am learning how to do many of the older style attacks like buffer overflows and write my own programs to exploit them. I know I have more to go like ROP chaining, etc.

However I am getting to a point where I don't know where to go from here. As a developer, most of our certifications are crap or at least thats what we all preceive (usual caveat of it matters what you put in etc). To move more into a security developer role or to be a security researcher, I am not sure if I should earn some certs or what. In my world we all pretty much look for experience as the #1 factor. Education and certs are secondary. I am positive it's the same way in security.

1) The ISC^2 CSSLP looks awesome but seems to be more for management
2) OffSec courses seem to be a good fit for me and seem to be quite worthwhile. 
3) Do I need to prove I have the knowledge of net+, sec+ by getting those certs or can I just say I self studied, which I have..
4) What suggestions do you guys have for my current position to gain more experience?
5) The EC Council CASE certification looks good but is expensive and do I really want to pay 800 when I can do the OSCP (something people actually respect?).

Any advice would be so much appreciated as I really want to persure my dream as a security researcher, security developer, and pen tester. 

Thank you for reading this.
Question for you hiring managers. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:36:42 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees devilbones 134464@/discussions Anyone ever deal with overseas jobs with the company Vectrus? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:29:05 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Nyblizzard 109016@/discussions Where should I go from here? Linux admin looking to branch out Sun, 30 Dec 2018 05:22:23 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees thekid007 134525@/discussions
It's been a loooong time since I've been to this forum, I've seen its revamped! Awesome.

I have been in IT for 5-6 years, I consider myself an intermediate Sys Admin. I am focused more in Linux. I have the RHCSA, Network+, Linux+. I make 70k in Toronto, Canada. I am trying to figure out where I should go from here. I have a few personal goals for 2019, and am starting a small side business through Amazon (not related to IT per say). 

I want to improve my skillset, and not sure which direction to take. My current position is in Cloud Support - although I don't troubleshoot application side, sometimes I do. Not a huge fan of it.

The environment I currently work in, is mixed Windows + Linux, but majority Windows customer servers. I plan on going back to the Linux world as that is my home.

I considered doing the RHCE, AWS Sysops, CCNA (I have been trained for the CCNA previously but never did the exam) - but I am wondering if I should stay this route. I don't want to be on the Support side any longer, getting paged at odd times, asked repetitive customer questions, etc. Although I don't mind it, I feel there may be something a bit more interesting than that, I am capable of a lot more. 

I've done a bit of networking L3 switches, touched Sonicwalls, administered VMware, Hyper-V, touched Puppet slightly, used Git before. I know I am not much of a Windows guy.

Any suggestions? I even considered something like Data Science, but I don't have a degree in CS. I have a degree in Psychology and went to technical school for IT. I've studied Calculus before. I am good at math. I am patient.

What would increase my earning potential substantially in this field? Developing? I even thought about taking courses on Web Dev and just starting my own Web Dev company for small businesses, but since I have other smaller things I want to do in terms of business, not sure if that is the route I should take. 

Any ideas? thank you!

This or that position? Tue, 11 Sep 2018 23:32:53 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees techfiend 133613@/discussions
Job 1:
Established (100 employees) private healthcare software company that was recently acquired by a fortune 200
Using old technology but want to move to newer tech, no direction decided, likely cloud
No devops but want to implement it
Although a substantial IT group this is basically a JOAT architecture role
Lots of fires to put out currently
40 minute morning commute, 60 minute evening commute
very little telecommuting

Job 2:
Established private company (500 employees) that works with governments
Current technology, they mainly need to fill a windows hole
Devops is implemented and have experienced staff
Seems like systems are running well
20 minute morning commute, 40 minute evening commute
can work from home 3 days a week with a potential of 5 days a week at times

The way I look at it is job 1 offers more of a challenge and the recent acquisition is interesting, job 2 is more of I know what I'm getting into and better work/life balance. As someone who is mid career coming from a startup that offered no challenges and who doesn't know if they want to deal with devops which position would you lean towards?]]>
How do you find your passion in IT? Sat, 05 Jan 2019 16:35:41 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees NetworkingStudent 134575@/discussions How do you find your passion in IT?

How did you guys find your passion in IT? I feel like I like it all except programming.   I keep taking end user support jobs and get bored after 2-3 months of being in that role.

Pros and cons of freelancing? Wed, 02 Jan 2019 22:38:48 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees RolloofJupiter 134541@/discussions Training while at work? (Slow) Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:23:06 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees DatabaseHead 134530@/discussions
My assumption why, well I was hired the week before Christmas, that probably has something to do with it  :blush:
The position is remote and my boss is out for 2 weeks 
Expectations were set I would travel mid Jan to meet some stakeholders

Nothing else in particular comes to mind

I have some limited reporting to review that I gained access too.  The BI development tool hasn't been installed quite yet so.....   I've decided to run through some CBT's of  the dashboard tool I'll be developing in.  Sounds legit too me.....   

Just being in secure I suppose.  

Ever get a little too hype about a job opportunity? Fri, 07 Dec 2018 22:54:28 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Ertaz 134364@/discussions
The company is well-known. 
The work is fully aligned with my skill set. 
It would be in a part of the country that I've always wanted to live.  
The salary is almost double what I'm making now. 

I don't need this job. I just want it *really* badly.  I probably need to just chill, but I can't help but be excited.

Weird thing is, it doesn't make me nervous at all.  I'm just ready to get to answering questions. 

Anyone else ever get like this?]]>
Breaking into networking... Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:41:34 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees no!all! 134517@/discussions I've been with TE from my help desk days about 6-7 years ago and I've always wanted to be a network engineer. I feel pretty stuck in my career right now and I'm starting to get depressed about it. To be honest, the only reason I'm still with my current employer  is because the amazing salary, benefits, and proximity to my apartment. I've been with this company for 6.5 years and they seem uninterested in moving me from desktop support to networking full time. I do assist one of our engineers quite often on troubleshooting, IOS upgrades, solar winds, etc., but my main duties are still desktop support stuff.

I guess my question is, how do I get my break into networking? I've applied for entry level gigs and mid level positions but no one seems interested. I live in the Baltimore area and jobs are abundant but I think the area is just saturated with candidates who have more experience. I'd love to relocate (if you can't tell by my signature) but it seems without a few years of pure hands on networking experience no one is interested. Have any of you been in my shoes? I'm studying for my ROUTE exam and honestly I just don't know if CCNP even worth it because I'm still working in desktop support and who wants a CCNP with no real world experience? I'm sorry for ranting, but I just feel irritated, working so hard for the past 4 years to get Cisco certified and then having your employer not recognize your achievements. Ugh.
IT Manager Leaving a Small Company Gracefully Mon, 31 Dec 2018 19:52:14 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees sensitivestoic 134531@/discussions
I say this as one who observed the boss do the same to a previous colleague who should not have been liable. What are the best ways to protect myself? Thanks for any thoughts.
Switching degrees but not by choice Thu, 03 Jan 2019 06:01:54 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Spiegel 134542@/discussions
I know that CompTIA is working on an updated Linux+ built by themselves which will be a CE cert and will require only one exam. Not sure how much weight the LPI version carries in the professional world but should I bite the bullet and try to fit in some study time and get the current Linux+ that also get me the current version 4.0 LPIC-1 cert, the standalone version 5.0 LPIC-1 cert, or the standalone version XK0-004 CompTIA Linux+?

Switching degrees will also land me a few new certs to obtain. The LPI Linux Essentials (which in hindsight sounds like it would do a Linux n00b like me well), CompTIA Could Essentials, and the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA). ]]>
Renegotiating with Current employer Tue, 25 Dec 2018 19:52:45 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees Z0sickx 134497@/discussions
Current company I know can't match that salary so i need some assistance on what items I could bring up to them to aid in Professional development if i were to stay. I'm a Senior Application Engineer and worked with Tenable,Fortify,and ForeScout and i'm stuck with engineering those tools unless our shop gets something else to build. the only thing that comes to mind is either having them match tuition assistance, all vacation hours upfront,

what else can be leveraged?]]>
Frustrated with Companies Hiring DFIR Thu, 27 Dec 2018 03:00:46 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees jeremywatts2005 134505@/discussions Cloud Jobs Sun, 23 Dec 2018 21:15:59 +0000 IT Jobs / Degrees MitM 134493@/discussions
I don't know enough about it to have an opinion but I would be interested in "specializing" in cloud/cloud networking. I'm not a developer type though.

However, it would have to make sense. I'm at the point of my career where I don't want to get certifications just to get it. :smile:

I wanted to post it here to continue the discussion with other knowledgeable people]]>