Hello. This is my 1st post here so forgive me if its a bit long. heres a little background on me, I'm 26. I was a electrician so i have some basic electrical theory but I didn't like the construction field. After lots of introspection over the past 6 months I've decided that I'm going to become a pen tester. I have always loved computers and had a knack for it. my programming skills are weak right now, I've self taught myself a little bit of objective-c over the past month or so to help my friend develop apps but thats about it so far. I'm not opposed to putting in endless amounts of work to make this happen. I've done a bunch of research over the past month on how to become a pen tester but I rarely see advice for noobs at my level. Would you recommend a B.S. in computer science or information systems security or possibly another I'm overlooking? would you skip the degree and just go for certs? If so which certs in which order knowing my ultimate goal is to become OSCP certified. If I go the certs route which traing programs would you recommend? I realize work experience is big so it would help to start out with something that will get my foot in a door even if the pay isn't great. I've read that its good to go for network security admin then crossover to pen testing, would you recommend this approach? I've only got one shot at this and I want to do it right. Also I'm interesting in the hackingdojo but I'm unsure if I have enough knowledge to start the novice course or not, the site doesn't really list any prerequisites. Any advice from you professionals would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Thanks for your replies. I understand the question is sort of common but there is no clear cut path from noob to OSCP. I just wanted a little input based on my particular situation. There are so many ways you can go about getting into this career which makes it unique. If i wanted to be a teacher I'd get a teaching degree, if I wanted to be an electrical engineer I'd get a degree in electrical engineering. Being a pen tester isn't so cut and dry, there are no schools offering ethical hacking degrees. I don't have friends or family in this field or even in remotely related fields to give me any advice or guidance. I could just pick something remotely related to the field and work from there but I'm very OCDish when it comes to decisions and I feel like I need a well planed path to my goals. 99% of the related topics I've seen here the asker has some experience in some random field that kick starts them in a general direction. I guess the simple way to ask my question would be if you were to start from about A+ knowledge and work to become an OSCP, knowing what you do now from your personal experiences how would you do it? where would you start? which training courses would you enroll in?
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