Insty has been banging the drum lately on how young men are increasingly avoiding College. You can't really blame them as it's a pretty hostile environment for men, and saddles most graduates with ruinous amounts of student debt.
But if you're bright, motivated, and hard working, there's a path to a six figure salary that will literally cost you only a few thousand dollars - plus a lot of self study time spent. First, let's talk about the target and the opportunity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just published a study that highlights the fastest growing job fields through 2030:
That highlighted line? Internet Security. The good news? Nobody cares where you went to school for your security degree, or even that you have a security degree. What they care about are industry certifications. You get the cert, you're in like flint.
Now there's a lot involved with getting the cert, 'natch. I posted about this repeatedly over the years. This is a good starting point, and from there you can click through to here which has a fairly detailed set of things to do, and here which is similar but different to the Borepatch Method.
In a nutshell, you can get a Cisco CCNA Exam Prep book for small money, read on your own in your evenings and spare time, take mock tests to make sure that you understand the material, and then take the real cert class for something like $1500. This will qualify you for an entry level IT job, probably around $50k/year. You continue with the next level higher certification, doing exactly the same as above. When you get that you'll qualify for a higher paying job.
You'll get to the point where you're getting certified on ASA Firewall or the like, and then you're an Information Security Analysts. With the cert, you apply for one of those BLS jobs.
They key, you have to spend a lot of your own time on this in self-study. That's a pain, but you save all that dough you'd be spending on the Dirty Commies at the University. Plus you don't have to put up with all the "Be less White and Male" nonsense that they'd make you take (and pay for).
I got an email recently from a reader who had read some of those old posts of mine (thanks, C.H.!). He had found himself in a frustrating job and took this path. How he's working in a Security Operations Center and pretty happy at where he got himself.
It's been a while since I'd posted this sort of thing, but this seems like a good time to remind our younger Gentlemen Readers (or our Old Fart readers who have sons or nephews) that there is an alternative to the College Mill.