Information Technology/Information Security Career Advice

I want to help with Information Technology career advice

There’s a lot of new people trying to start their journey into Information Technology or Information Security. I have been active on social media trying to offer advice and reading advice from other professionals. This page will be the hub of my professional advice for people to start out in the industry. If you have a question, contact me on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Discord or email and I can answer your questions about career advice.

How to get started

Should you go for an Information Technology degree or not? If you do try and get a degree, what constitutes a good degree program? If you are new to Information Technology, there are non-technical skills that you can work on to get ready for an entry-level job. When you are ready to start working, there are things to consider about your first job in the field.  Having a road map of certifications is very helpful as well.

How to get the job

When interviewing, hiring manager’s don’t always want the most technically capable individuals.  It is important to remember that different managers have different styles and you can’t prepare for each one specifically.  These three interviewing tips will help you be prepared.  When viewing job requirements, don’t take them literally. There can be a disconnect between hiring managers and the HR department.  Getting into InfoSec is harder but it doesn’t have to be a mystery.  It is a journey that can take between 5-15 years depending on how aggressive you are.

Starting a new job

Making a good first impression is vital to a healthy workplace environment.  There are many certification vendors that you can use to gain credentials to impress hiring managers and grow your career.

Maintaining the job

It is important to always keep learning and growing, even if you have found your dream job.

How to combat trends

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Future of this page

My plan is to post another dozen blog posts to this page over the next month, and then one or two more each week. You can subscribe to my weekly e-mail to know when new material is up. I plan on this being a one-stop shop for newcomers to this field and appreciate any feedback to improve the site.