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RE: Cyber-security/Network Specialist
Cybersecurity is a big field right now, and demand is high. It's also one of those fields that nobody, including the people working as managers and executives in cybersecurity, understand.

I don't know much about ITT's Cyber program. Something to keep in mind about those private schools is they are designed for people who already work in the field and have some basic knowledge. I went to UoP for an IT degree in my 30's, but I had electronics experience from the Navy and I'd been working in IT and engineering. For me, it was advancing my knowledge in the field and getting that damn piece of paper that credential worshipping managers won't hire you without. But the degree without experience is worthless. I had people in my class who thought they'd get an IT degree because "I can make a lot of money in IT". All of them dropped out. The only people to make it through the program had already been working in the field.

I started going to ITT when I got out of the Navy. I realized that although I'd been working on weapons systems for years, my book knowledge was weak so I figured the electronics degree would help. I got a much better job on the other side of the country, and dropped out to take it. As far as I remember, the training was very good, but my class was mostly made up of people who knew nothing about electronics. I remember spending an entire week on scientific notation, which should be a simple concept for somebody with basic electronics training.

TL;DR version- a Cybersecurity degree will help you if you have some experience it can back up, but if not, you'll just rack up a lot of debt and be stuck looking at entry level jobs.
(This post was last modified: 09-30-2015 05:57 AM by emuelle1.)
09-30-2015 05:56 AM
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