IT Certifications and Careers (Official Discussion Thread)

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Decided to go knee deep with Azure security stack.

Got my AZ900, doing SC200 and doing a bit of a secondment in an MSSP team dealing with Sentinel.

Never used it as much before, but the Mrs is expecting our first child in a few mo the and I’m adamant I’m never going to be in an office full time again. But my current role may start sending me into the field end of this year again. That’s a nope from me.

I’m 36 though, been in security since 2012 and been ducking management roles for the past few years. Still got a lot of technical skill in me, but I want to be less hands on and more of a security lead.
 

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Looking to make the flip from legal (feds) to tech because I'm mentally burnt the fukk out at how tedious law is. The money good but damn.

Got approached to look at working in a network OPS center but I know jack shyt about it (but now doing some research). One connect want me to jump on with Salesforce to do hybrid IP law/tech. I just want out at this point.
 
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For the breh/ettes who make six figures, what are your hours and or work schedule?
9 to 5. Sometimes people message me at weird hours though. I could turn off notifications, but I think it helps my standing in the company if I occasionally help people during off hours.

When I first started this job, I'd work well past 5, but now I only do that to use company resources for studying
/learning/resume building.

Edit : And I go into the office about once a week.

And I also don't do very much on Fridays. There was a meeting today, but it got canceled, so I'm going to send an email and then play video games.
 

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Been really thinking about switching careers and getting into tech.

I've been seeing ads on youtube from Sv.academy (non coding) and also Coding stuff like Coding Dojo. Saw another add but cant remember it.

Yall brehs go through any of these or just sort of learned on your own. There's a 4 month program where Im at, but would require a hefty private loan for that.
 
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Do you actually have to be a programmer to pass the AWS Certified Developer - Associate exam? I am a novice at Python. I've scheduled my exam for the Cloud Practitioner cert next month.
 
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Been really thinking about switching careers and getting into tech.

I've been seeing ads on youtube from Sv.academy (non coding) and also Coding stuff like Coding Dojo. Saw another add but cant remember it.

Yall brehs go through any of these or just sort of learned on your own. There's a 4 month program where Im at, but would require a hefty private loan for that.

I think the thing you need to figure out first is how you define "tech". Do you want to get into software development or the IT side of things? There are a lot of opportunities in both areas but you may need to narrow down your path a little to better focus your time and resources.

That SV Academy site is weird. I get the sales and marketing classes. But I don't know what they mean by "customer success". Are they talking about customer relations management, tech support, etc.? It not defined what they will teach you and if you can get a job.

And Coding Dojo is charging over $15,000 for their courses. At this price, I would consider community college courses. A lot of cities also have "workforce development" partnerships through community colleges that offer courses for entry-level "tech" jobs. I would see if that option is available before a boot camp.

There are also a lot of free courses online to help you start. In this thread, people mention accessing LinkedIn Learning using a library. Check if your city's library supports that. And check the libraries in the cities of friends and relatives too. Tell them to pass that card/PIN to you.

freeCodeCamp teaches coding through their website. Their Youtube channel goes beyond coding and has courses on cloud, website, machine learning, building websites, etc.



For me, I started learning about coding on my own out of curiosity. I decided to switch to the IT side because that career path made more sense to me. I just the certs that made sense to me, created study plans, bought some books, and stuck to the study plan as much as I could. I wasn't going to pay $15,000 for a boot camp.
 

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I think the thing you need to figure out first is how you define "tech". Do you want to get into software development or the IT side of things? There are a lot of opportunities in both areas but you may need to narrow down your path a little to better focus your time and resources.

That SV Academy site is weird. I get the sales and marketing classes. But I don't know what they mean by "customer success". Are they talking about customer relations management, tech support, etc.? It not defined what they will teach you and if you can get a job.

And Coding Dojo is charging over $15,000 for their courses. At this price, I would consider community college courses. A lot of cities also have "workforce development" partnerships through community colleges that offer courses for entry-level "tech" jobs. I would see if that option is available before a boot camp.

There are also a lot of free courses online to help you start. In this thread, people mention accessing LinkedIn Learning using a library. Check if your city's library supports that. And check the libraries in the cities of friends and relatives too. Tell them to pass that card/PIN to you.

freeCodeCamp teaches coding through their website. Their Youtube channel goes beyond coding and has courses on cloud, website, machine learning, building websites, etc.



For me, I started learning about coding on my own out of curiosity. I decided to switch to the IT side because that career path made more sense to me. I just the certs that made sense to me, created study plans, bought some books, and stuck to the study plan as much as I could. I wasn't going to pay $15,000 for a boot camp.
Yea I was thinking about cyber security. However, web development is intriguing as well. Yea there is a campus near me charging 25K for 4 months. They help you get a job right afterwards. However, was checking to see if their was a cheap alternative. Especially since they do more local hires. And I want to be able to move/find a job elsewhere.

I saw a a youtube ad for this.

Appreciate the info bro. My goal is learn coding while still doing my current job. Then hoping to transition next year for another job.
 
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