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Where to go for career advice

GreyhoundGirl

Senior Member
Where would you go for career advice? I've Googled and I can't find any resources of places to talk to.

Also, if anyone knows someone in IT and they'd be willing to talk to me, I'd really appreciate it.

TIA
 
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kahluablast

Senior Member
Just curious as to what IT means to you. When you say that, what are you thinking?

Is there a local university or community college in your area? They might have some kind of office to discuss educational opportunities and job options. They probably have tests and whatnot (whether they will talk to non students or not is a question. But play the role of seeker).

Check Linked in or other job social media for jobs in your area. Are there some that sound like something you would like? What are the education/training experience necessary to apply?

Google head hunter. You might find something that would work.

Brainstorming. Maybe this will prompt other ideas.
 

anna

Senior Member
I remember how a Life Coach helped my son gain direction in his work life. Perhaps that could help you GG. I hope things settle down for you soon. I have been where you are and know the struggle and heartache.
 

GreyhoundGirl

Senior Member
I've been doing a lot of research into Information Technology and all the different branches. You don't necessarily need a bachelor's degree, but there are some certificates. I've narrowed it down to DBA (Database Analysis) or cyber security. I'm fascinated with the latter, but I don't know that I'd be great at it.

I think a life coach would be interesting. I kind of want to talk to someone actually in IT who can tell me about all the different options.
 

amiga13

Senior Member
GG, do you know that DD has her MBA with an IT focus (focus isn’t the right word, but I can’t remember—we just paid for itLOL)? I think that’s her field. Do you want me to see if she wants to talk with you?

ETA: I just heard from her—I’ll Messenger you her info.
 
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Ima Spedtcher

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My son is majoring in computer science and wants to become a penetration specialist (can’t wait for THAT bumper sticker :D). Which is a crappy title for someone who does cybersecurity. According to him, getting certificates in things is the way to go in that field.

He is also into computer programming- he says for that internships are the way to go…..

My son got into some kind of mentorship program that was offered to kids who graduated during Covid- they seem to be pointing him in the right directions. I wonder if there are mentorships for transitioning into the career…..

My SIL (I seriously can’t believe that I’m old enough to have a son in law! LOL) is a computer programmer. There are definite pros and cons to the profession.
 
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amiga13

Senior Member
….wants to become a penetration specialist
Ima Spedteacher, thank you! You just made a wonderful day even better. How I wish DH were here to howl with me. I’m sure penetration specialist would often have worked its way into our conversations (kinda like While you’re up or How do it know?). Big huge thanks!
 

GraceKrispy

Senior Member
My brother is in IT. He doesn't like it that much. He was the one to play around with our first computer when we got it in the early '90s (he was the youngest and spent the most time at home with it LOL). I guess the love for computing stuck because he majored in programming, I think. He loves the fact that his job is secure and makes good money, but he has often commented on how boring it is. I bet he'd enjoy being a penetration specialist a lot more LOL LOL LOL

"My son is a penetration specialist"-- yeah, that'll be a great bumper sticker! LOL LOL
 

PinkSparkle9

Senior Member
Hi Greyhound! I’m actually a certified holistic life coach and one of the areas I help clients with is career.

I’d be happy to talk with you if you feel it’s in alignment with you.
 

amiga13

Senior Member
Not nearly as cool as Ima Spedteacher’s penetration specialist, late last night I remembered my delight at the name of a role DD filled in for: scrum master.

(I hope someone else is still reading this thread.:o)
 

emeraldcity

Senior Member
Greyhound Girl
I agree with you that someone already in the field would be the best bet for finding out specifics. You already know that you have an aptitude in this area, and that you have a strong interest.
FWIW I remember AA and Microsoft certifications being the basics for entry level. Cisco was big for a time but then it wasn't. That is the thing with IT, stuff changes. However, I do believe AA and Microsoft certifications continue to be valuable. (both are available inexpensively online, just search around)
I also think reaching out to head hunters would be a good step. Two of my friends had husbands who were IT geeks. Both of these guys were cold called frequently, and finally moved away for much better paying jobs. I miss my friends :( but am happy for their success.

HTH,
Dorothy
 

kahluablast

Senior Member
I talked with my dh last night about it a bit. He is in cyber security, but on the programming side of it with a national defense contractor. He said you need to know networks and (insert other words here) but not programming. No degree required, but there are some programs starting up in community colleges and universities. Most are on the business side, not the computer science side of things. Here is a link from our local school- just to get an idea of the type of classes involved. https://catalog.cnm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=48&poid=11086

I do think a head hunter would be a good start. I wonder if they might also have some leads on career counseling?
 

cvt

Senior Member
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I've narrowed it down to DBA (Database Analysis) or cyber security. I'm fascinated with the latter, but I don't know that I'd be great at it.
DH has always been in IT/telecommunications, and in the past six years he has dealt a lot with cyber security. Smaller companies usually don't ask for a college degree, but want to know your experience in computer science. Cyber security is a growing field with lots of opportunities, and companies are often willing to train new hires. At the university near me, the extension department has a cybersecurity bootcamp. I think many universities have one now, so you may want to check with the one near you.
You can PM me and I could put you in contact with DH.
 
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