I’ve been at a crossroads in my IT carreer for a couple of months, and don’t really know what to do. It would be nice if I could hear some different views on the path I’m following and what you would suggest.
A little history.
I was a highschool dropout. Damn, at 16 I stopped formal education and got my highschool diploma through an associates degree. Meanwhile I started working at a local computer store. Here I did everything from SoHo network design and building towers, to repairing ipads and selling laptops. I worked there for 3 years after I hit the ceiling. The company wasn’t that big, and I couldn’t come into contact with the technology I find interesting.
So I went back to school for a year to to an accellerated networking course. Got a deep dive on servers/services corporate network infrastructure and hands on experience with Blade servers.
After looking for a good job, I landed a job as IT consultant and that’s what i’ve been doing now for almost a year and a half. My days are filled with configuring our infra and servers for a large DIY firm.
So now, I’m 23. Achieved my initial goal of being part of the IT Engineering staff. Now I want to make the next jump in my carreer. I’ve been liking the network security part of the job more and more. And want to continue with it as a specialisation.
So here are my options:
I could go back to school to get a bachelors, but when I look at the course material, I am bored. I’ve learned most of the curriculum through work experience. I can’t seem to find IT Security specific bachelors, only the generic CS course.
- Take a course
I could take a specialisation course in the evening for cybersecurity, but I don’t know if it’s a smart move to do it this early in my carreer.
Last but not least, all of this is in Europe. I keep hearing from my collegues that experience is more important then a degree. And that makes me unsure of what to do. Another part of it is that my wife is American and we would like to move back to the states (CAL/AZ or CO) for atleast a couple of years. Would i need a bachelors to get a job in the USA in IT? My wife tells me I wont find a job without one…
Thanks for reading this far, hope you get some interesting perspective on my situation.