Is it hard to get a job in computer Science(Security) w/t associates or should I wait and get bachelors?

I mean i just go to CC and honestly they havn’t tought me very much its computer science associates degree with a concentration in security…i only know what ive learned at school and thats basically vocab words..understanding of networks, some administration, command line, for linux and windows really when it comes down to it..

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  1. BURLY says:

    I have a BS in electrical engineering technology from 1975 before the
    Web or even the PC. I am self taught and often on the phone to tech support with my old laptop. Ironicly, I recently turned down a long list of IT positions at a huge desert campus named after some middle-eastern King. I pasted into my monster resume “FOR SELECT VIEWING ONLY….” meaning I do the selecting of who I work for. It is too late now, but I wanted to work part time as advisor or consultant for
    Obama. If only there was monster when I had my strength and youth.
    AS TO YOUR QUESTION, I doubt the techs in India and the Phillipines have much education before a company trains them for specific specialties. However, to work for Microsoft you need more training, school or company I don’t know, but school just teaches how to learn, not necesssarily the job you will do. Today with Microsoft I detected I think an Indian accent. I know this is confusing, but the cost of labor is involved. Get your Associates, go to India and apply for company training for an Indian wage in an Indian cost of living. Work a few years and use your exp. to hire into Microsoft in the USA.
    But first check if Microsoft will give you good training with just your Associates and check DELL on CALL and the equivalent high level departments of other manufacturers.

  2. David G. says:

    I think I just answered another question from you along the same vein, but this question is a bit different so my answer will be as well.

    I would say get the bachelors. You can do it with an associates degree, but it is definitely harder and requires a lot more work once you hit the ground. Now you’re going to say “Well, a bit more work while earning money sounds like a fair tradeoff”, but consider this as well: I would say the majority of people I know who start into IT want to get into security… but only a very, very small fraction actually moves ahead with it. Is it because they couldn’t? No. It’s because they get content and don’t put in the effort necessary. Having a bachelors (as a general statement) helps give you that leg up so you can actually get into your target area a bit faster.

    Either way, it’s rare to start in security. Very rare. So expect to start somewhere else and move into that role along the line – and prepare for it so that you’ll be ready when you have your chance.

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