Sup /g/, Im kinda looking for advice at the moment. I'm a 19 y/o community college student (bc poor) who studying computer science. I'm three semesters from graduating with my degree before I transfer to Virginia tech to obtain my bachelors degree. But over the past year (and this might be because my school and its teachers suck idk) I've kinda noticed that what I'm studying is pretty boring to me. I haven't exactly run accross anything yet pertaining to my field of study that has clicked with me that I can say "I absolutely am comfortable doing this for a career." I have a friend who's also studying computer science who's been telling me that there are basicly only two major paths to take that would pay the highest: cyber security/network security and programming. I've taken a C++ class that I didnt find to be all that interesting but I havent taken anything relating to security. Could anyone give me some advice on why sticking with my major is most beneficial and what other options I might have in it?
I guess it all comes down to this. Are you more of a hands on physical guy? Then networking, if not then programming. Also there's more to programming than C++. Try python imo, it's fairly easy to learn and you can get to actually programming stuff faster.
I might be more of a hands on guy I don't really know, I haven't had much experience doing much. I had a workstudy position last semester that didn't expose me to much other then fixing a few printers here and there.
>I might be more of a hands on guy I don't really know,
I'm talking about IRL stuff not necessarily IT related. Do you like the ideea of woodworking? Of assembling things? Stuff like that?
I'm a cyber security major and literally found my niche in life. All the shit they do in Hollywood movies is what we do in real life. And the great thing about cyber security is how much you can do with it. I am going into law enforcement for white collar crime but you can do so much other stuff. Being a programmer is fun I guess if you like to create stuff but if security is an interest to you I would definitely get your feet wet in some cyber security related classes.
>All the shit they do in Hollywood movies is what we do in real life.
What questions do you have?
Ok I exaggerated. But I did get to work with an fbi agent during an internship. It is a lot of fun and can be stressful when shit goes down. Especially if someone is trying to steal company data and you're the only one that knows how to tell who it is.
Depends what you are getting into. I started at 80k as a network and evidence analyst. Took about a year to get this job through the hiring process and all. I had experience when I graduated so that definitely helped. You need to really be into this field. It's a lot of long hours sometimes but you remember how much you love what you do.. The paycheck is just a bonus.
>cyber security major
what the fuck does that even mean. Like I don't understand how this degree is different from other networking degrees.
Idk man, I've had some real boring jobs and I have to say networking is more rewarding than other things I've done.