I have been working in the IT Industry for just over 3 years now and after a fair amount of research through books, whitepapers, advice from friends/manager etc I have concluded I want a life long career in Security.
Security is a huge realm and at the moment I am leaning towards the Penetration Testing route, after toying around with BackTrack, it really entertained me and fueled my interest dramatically.
So I am currently 26 years of age, studying towards a CCNA, have passed MCP's in 70-270 & 70-290 & CompTia A+ and have researched into alternative learning pathways.
I have applied to study for a Degree in Ethical Hacking & Network Security, which begins this year and upon completion I will be 29 and would have potentially flushed 3 years of experience down the sewers.
Age is my biggest concern on making a return. I have read several other posts and concluded none of the posts I have read are similar to mine.
So I present it to you.
In your opinion would I be shooting myself in the foot by studying a full-time degree and flushing all my experience into the sewers OR would you recommend I take my other route and pass my CCNA, land a Network Admin role, top up on Network +, Security +, CCNA Security, Linux+, CEH, kinda route?
Now ultimately I need to conclude this myself, I know that, but if anyone in the field can give me some much respected and appreciated advice that would be brilliant.
I look forward to your response/s