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Very cool guys, thank you for the very useful information!
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No two people that go to school for IT (networking, programming, helpdesk, security) will EVER have the same career path.

I graduated with people who are now making twice what I do; I graduated with people who make $9 an hour.

With that said, you would be MUCH MUCH better off going for a Network / Sys admin degree and working in the field for a few years, getting a few certifications. If you graduate with a network security degree, you're going to have to start in the same spot as everyone else. Or you might actually be BEHIND everyone else ...

Best bet: Go for network / system administration and take network security courses. During your college career or when you graduate go for the Security +.

Truth be told, it's very rare that a company would let a person just out of college touch their servers, much less be responsible for their security. This is VERY much a field where you have to work your way up from the bottom and build a reputation.
What he is specifically wanting to do none of those certifications will lead him in the right direction.

He already has a head start as he knows what specialty he wants to do or is most interested in.
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No two people that go to school for IT (networking, programming, helpdesk, security) will EVER have the same career path.

I graduated with people who are now making twice what I do; I graduated with people who make $9 an hour.

With that said, you would be MUCH MUCH better off going for a Network / Sys admin degree and working in the field for a few years, getting a few certifications. If you graduate with a network security degree, you're going to have to start in the same spot as everyone else. Or you might actually be BEHIND everyone else ...

Best bet: Go for network / system administration and take network security courses. During your college career or when you graduate go for the Security +.

Truth be told, it's very rare that a company would let a person just out of college touch their servers, much less be responsible for their security. This is VERY much a field where you have to work your way up from the bottom and build a reputation.
Hmm yeah I would agree with this. You can't really specialize out of the gate.

I would like to get into middleware programing, and that is kind of along these same lines as there is a lot of security concerns with middleware. I am not seeing many people who are really in the field who are not age 40+ with a lot of experience under their belt.

I focussed on Networking, Server Admin, and .Net programming in school. I should really look into the security field. I bet Sony is hiring. Though I like my current job and I am really learning a lot in it to. My title doesn't really have anything to do with my job, but basically I get to do a some programing, do a lot of debugging, do a lot work on SQL and Access databases, manage active directories, and do a heck of a lot of documentation
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That dreaded other word... documentation. If your going into IT in general more so in Security I hope you love to write cause you'll have to document ever god dam little ****en thing that blows with the wind. I HATE ******* WRITING.
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Very cool guys, thank you for the very useful information!
Yeah, I too am gaining a lot from this thread, thanks everyone.
    
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Is that even Boxxy in your avatar? Looks like that Canadian singer Lights, which I'm totally OK with. That aside, I think you should look into ECE or CSE majors. They will likely have larger pools of jobs available at higher pay, and can will have more interchangeable skillsets.

That being said, how are your math skills?
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Subscribed, I'm done with my first year of college majoring in Computer Network and System Administration, it will be interesting to hear from people in the field.
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That being said, how are your math skills?
Being completely honest, poor. I never ever got good grades in high school math, and struggled with even basic algebra.
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Being completely honest, poor. I never ever got good grades in high school math, and struggled with even basic algebra.
Might be the wrong field for you, not to be an ass or anything. Computer Science is alot of math, same for Networking.
You can still overcome that just need to get your math skills better is all.

Anyway I'm out for now.
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It's the field I want to be in. Whatever I have to do I will do my best to make it work.
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