I’m aggressively trying to narrow down a career path to follow, and so far I’m leaning between two types of IT-related paths: Cyber Security or Developer (haven’t quite pinned down what I would be a developer of). I wanted to ask some advice on the pros and cons of each, as well as any other information anyone can provide.
I’ve been trying to get that info elsewhere, and so far I’m leaning more towards the Developer side of things. It sounds like it would be more suited for me, as Network and Security is more about “going through the motions” in maintaining a network, while Developer-based jobs can potentially allow more unique and creative experiences. Anecdotally, it also sounds like it’s a lot harder to get into the Network side due to a more competitive market, though I’ve read a couple of opinions that the same applies to Developer.
I’m also trying to figure out how to get started in either. It seems that for Networking, you want to land an entry level Help Desk job right away, because it lets you get the experience bigger positions want while also learning on the job. As for Developer, it seems Programmer/Coding is the type of entry level job to start with, though it also sounds like it’s possible to enroll in a school that will also place you in a sponsored/contracted job to get both the exp and certs.
I’ve sat on my hands for too long about this, so I want to make a decision already. I’ll consider other paths I haven’t mentioned either, but I really want to narrow things down to what I should do, what do I need to get there and how do I get started.