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Did I make a bad career choice?

I'm two years into my BS in information technology, with a focus on network security. Basically what I've been going nuts about, is did I make a bad decision here? I don't know what jobs I will be able to get when I'm out of school. I assume a systems administrator position, but I'm not sure at all. If you could shed some light on this for me, it would be a huge relief for me.

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If one can choose both well and luckily when specializing in IT, information security is one of the best choices one can make. There are more opportunities and jobs in this area than in many other IT specialties and most experts agree that this is likely to persist for some time to come. Thus, I think your prospects after graduation should be pretty good, especially if you take the time and expend the effort to learn how to communicate to job interviewers what you've learned, why it's important and what you can do for them on the job. I'd also urge you to think about picking up some security certs on your way to matriculation: at least Security+ and something like the ICS-squared Associate credential, or perhaps some of the SANS GIAC certs. This will help prepare you for the kinds of tools, technologies and situations you're likely to encounter in the work force and make you more attractive to prospective employers.

Best of luck in your training and career planning. It sounds like you're on a pretty good track to me!

This was first published in October 2005

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