Best way to climb the computer career ladder?
February 12, 2007 10:53 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to get my foot in the door or "create my own door" in a computer security-related field without a degree?
posted by joshrholloway to Work & Money (22 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am 19 years old and just really starting out in the "adult" world. I have a pretty decent job right now but I'm getting married in about 17 months and I would like to be in a better position by the time I start my family.
I've always been interested in computers as a career, and more recently I've delved a bit into the world of computer security. I think my ideal job would be a computer forensics expert, but that may just be a pipe dream. One way or another I want a career, not just a job, in that field or a related one.
The catch is that I don't have a degree of any kind and I don't plan on getting one unless I completely hit a brick wall. Other than my high school diploma (4.02 GPA and 32 comp ACT score, if that matters), I have a year (or about 23 credits) of college under my belt, but it just wasn't for me.
The long and short of it is this: what is the best path that I can begin today in pursuing the career that I want? I don't have any on-the-job experience in computers other than selling them at a big-box store for a couple months, but I am self-taught and very knowledgeable in a wide variety of computer and technology topics, and I'm a fast learner. Would an A+ (and then Network+ or Security+) certification be a good idea? Is there any other good way to get even an entry-level position and work from there? I realize I'm going to have to work my way up, but what kind of positions should I look for to get where I want to be?