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What is a good entry level job for IT/Cybersecurity?

Veteran

Jamal Lewis Columbus, GA

I'm currently in the medical field in the process of transitioning to Army National Guard in a couple of months. I want to do a career change to Information Technology, but I have no experience in IT. I'm currently studying for Security+ Certification and I want to see if I'm to find a decent job that can give me IT experience. If anyone have any information, please let me know!

6 November 2020 5 replies Military to Civilian Transition

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Advisor

Charles Bowles New York, NY

Hi Jamal,

Here is a link giving examples of entry-level cybersecurity and IT security jobs: http://blog.tech.fvi.edu/2020/05/15/entry-level-cyber-security-jobs/

I would also recommend taking a look at our "Community" Tab and then go to our "Advisors" and filter by "Information Technology". From there you can sort by experience level and location. Then you can directly message advisors with Cybersecurity & IT Security experience.

Finally, next Monday, November 16th.From 12 to 5 pm EST, Advisors from IBM will be on ACP AdvisorNet providing dedicated career guidance to veterans.

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Best,

Charles

7 November 2020 Helpful answer

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Jordie Kern Amherst, MA

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7 November 2020 Helpful answer

Advisor

Carlos Carrillo Colorado Springs, CO

Hi Jamal,

When considering the cybersecurity field keep in mind that there are many specialties within cybersecurity. For example, you can focus on the system administration side working on patch/configuration management to ensure systems/applications are current. Also, you can specialize in managing Security Event and Information Management (SIEM) systems such as QRadar and Splunk to name a few. You may also be interested in the highly specialized fields such as digital forensics, incident response, malware reverse engineering and cyber threat intelligence. The bottom line is you have many options when you choose the cybersecurity career field and I can assure you the work in cybersecurity is never dull. A successful career in cybersecurity doesn't require degrees in computer science or engineering. Success in my experience is based on your desire and commitment to learn the field/specialty. Many of the brightest people I've worked with in my 25+ years in the industry didn't have comp sci or engineering degrees.

I hope this helps and good luck!

Carlos

Advisor

Deanna Corbett Winter Garden, FL

Hi Jamal,

There are a number of paths you could pursue ranging from easier to more difficult:

-- Obtain an internship in Security at a tech company [Very entry level but you will obtain real world experience on a narrowly focused area]
-- Get a job on a Customer Service, Customer Support, or Customer Success team [Entry level but you will gain broad knowledge across a wide swath of areas]
-- Look for opportunities to become a Systems Engineer, Product Specialist, or similar type role on a Sales team [You will need to network with people who are Security sellers at a tech company to secure a position like this, but it will be a better paying job with more room for advancement]

Use platforms like LinkedIn to locate people who work at companies that you want to learn about - that you would consider working at - and ask to set up informational interviews to learn about the company, the types of opportunities they offer, the necessary skills, qualifications, or certifications to land an internship or a job. Ask advice on good ways to network inside of their industry, such as professional associations that might have local chapters you could become part of.

Always search for the Veterans Hiring Programs offered by many large companies as a way to potentially get additional training that may help you get hired.

Let me know if this prompts other questions for you.

Veteran

Jamal Lewis Columbus, GA

Thank you both for the resources! I'll look into both of these links!

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