Professional Development — TechExams Community https://community.infosecinstitute.com/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:08:54 +0000 en Professional Development — TechExams Community What would you do? https://community.infosecinstitute.com/discussion/134333/what-would-you-do Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:48:31 +0000 Professional Development ecuison 134333@/discussions
I'm merely trying to look at other people's perspectives in this particular situation.]]>
Where have certifications taken you? https://community.infosecinstitute.com/discussion/134239/where-have-certifications-taken-you Sun, 25 Nov 2018 06:15:39 +0000 Professional Development LemonTimePartyX 134239@/discussions
I can't really think of a way to ask my question. I guess what I'm looking for is any success stories where you've perhaps landed a really good role after completing a certain certification. Or maybe a time where your colleagues stopped viewing you as a noob, but as someone of higher importance once they found out you achieved a certain certification. Or maybe certifications haven't played a huge role in your career and you became successful in IT in other ways.

Share your successes with me!! I'll even start:

In high school, I went to vocational school where they taught CompTIA and CISCO criteria. With the bit of knowledge obtained from there, I landed my first IT job, and first job period, as an easy tech associate at Staples. The goal was to go from here to help desk, but many forums on the internet suggested help desk positions were low level jobs and you would be the laughing stock of the IT world. So, I ended up working for my local ISP, which I thought "Hey. Being an engineer for the ISP sounds like a killer position. I'm going to work my way up to that!" Well, my job title was essentially "cable guy" and it was more labor intensive than technical. This sucked and everything I wanted to study had almost nothing to do with what I did on a daily basis. Morale was low, and the only way to move up was if someone in the next department retired or died.

So, after a few months of job searching, I found a company (current) who gave me a chance with no help desk experience, and a bit of computer repair experience I got from staples. Even though I'm close to the bottom of the totem pole, I'm still successful as I was able use my previous jobs as stepping stones to finally obtain a role where I can begin my career and move up.





Your turn!!

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Interview Tips https://community.infosecinstitute.com/discussion/134231/interview-tips Fri, 23 Nov 2018 05:23:00 +0000 Professional Development anushkasinha 134231@/discussions Please give suggestion so this will helps in cracking the interview in very first attemp?]]> Mentorship in IT https://community.infosecinstitute.com/discussion/123128/mentorship-in-it Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:12:45 +0000 Professional Development CyberJosh95 123128@/discussions
How do you guys feel about mentorship in IT? I feel as if that's what I am lacking. I've been working in an Network/Infrastructure work center for the past 3 years and am the lowest/youngest member on the totem poll. I have worked hard to gain knowledge in the career field by attending classes, seminars and obtaining certifications on my own. My co-workers all to seem to be complacent in their roles because of the job security and could care less about the development of the younger people(myself). Every time I mention to them that I am getting ready to test for a new certification, they ask me why am I worrying about that since I have a decent job already. I motivate myself and feel the urge to "grind hard" until i am at the level that i would like to be in my career ,but they do not seem to want to help motivate or help guide me in the right path. So, I come here to TechExams for motivation and guidance. Is it bad that i have to come online for guidance? I just want some type of mentorship.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.]]>
Need Advice About Information Security Career https://community.infosecinstitute.com/discussion/129469/need-advice-about-information-security-career Sun, 08 Oct 2017 05:50:29 +0000 Professional Development vip1982 129469@/discussions
I'm really confused and i need your help, I've been for 10 years in System administration, network and ERP fields and now i'm working as IT manager 35 Years old icon_rolleyes.gif.

However, i can see how the demand of information security is getting higher than ever before, and i love to work in this domain. So, my question as i have Security+ and i'm thinking of moving to CISSP then CISM. Do you think it is normal move in my career, i mean if my plan to be information security manager would you hire me with 10 Years experience in system administration and IT management, or it is better to concentrate on IT management stuff and stay away from security field? Thank You. :)]]>