Written By John Sonmez
When many people get started on their cybersecurity career journey, they begin to assess which skills will be needed, and undoubtedly consider whether those skills are ones that they can learn, or even want to learn. A not-so-common but very relevant question is about the need for programming and whether programming skills are mandatory for someone getting started in cybersecurity.
So, does cybersecurity require coding? The majority of entry-level cybersecurity jobs do not require coding skills. However, being able to write and understand code may be necessary in some mid-level and upper-level cybersecurity positions that you will become qualified for after you’ve built a few years of experience.
So… How do you actually start a career in cyber security?
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Transcript Of The Video
John Sonmez: Do you want to start a career in cybersecurity? This video may not be for you, but it may be for you.
On this channel, I teach you soft skills, man. I teach you how to be a better developer, how to boost your career, by being the guy that can solve other people's problems and can communicate with project managers and scrum masters. How's that?
“Sir, I want to know how I can start my career in cyber security field. I'm pursuing Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. What should I do next? Where to start?”
Why the fuck are you asking me this question? Don't ask stupid questions. I don't mean to offend you. You're probably a pretty cool person. I did a video. Just today, I recorded it that talked about the number one skill that programmers need to have and guess what it was? It was problem solving. And you failed at the number one skill. And I don't mind stupid questions in the fact that they're stupid. I mind them in the fact that, how the heck are you going to get anywhere in your life if you can't solve the easy shit? The hard shit is fine. That's hard. I need some help with some of the hard shit, but the easy shit. I would rather give you the problem-solving abilities to solve your own fucking problems so that you can actually succeed in life. I don't know how you're succeeding in life right now. I just, I don't.
Go to Google and type. “How do I start a career in cybersecurity?” Go to YouTube and type “How can I start my career in cybersecurity?” Okay. The next thing that you could do is, do you have anyone in your LinkedIn network who is in cybersecurity? See if you can buy them coffee, see if you can jump on a Skype call with them, and ask them about how they got started in cybersecurity. Research the topic. Okay. Learn everything there is to know about cybersecurity and cybersecurity careers, because you shouldn't be asking this question, not to me. You should be asking this question to yourself and breaking it down. If you want to become a cybersecurity person, then you should become an expert in this thing. I'm not talking about cybersecurity here guys. I'm talking about everything. And I will talk about cybersecurity. I promise. You have to be able to solve these problems on your own, and you have to be able to figure out how to do the things that you want to do in life.
Take five minutes and think about when you have a problem like this, or a question, what can I do? You asked me really stupid questions. You asked me how can I become an expert in C++, how can I make money as a software developer? These are things that are like, “I'm lazy ass and I don't want to do any work. I just want the result. Just give me the fucking result.” That's what it sounds like. I know that's not really what you mean, and I'm not trying to pick on you where you are geographically. I'm just saying, right, you can see this pattern and it's everywhere. You can't utilize mentors and you can't utilize people who have more knowledge than you until you've done 90% of the work. Because you won't utilize them effectively.
I'm your genie, so you're rubbing the lamp right, and you're asking a stupid wish. Have you seen movies where they have three wishes and they asked the stupid wish and you're like, “Why would you wish that?” Sit down for 20 minutes, or a day, or a fucking week and think of the best possible wish that you could. Don't just wish to be out of trouble right now. Or don't just wish for a pile of money, or that this person will fall in love with me. Think of the better fucking wish.
You're still here? You've got what it takes. With all of that said, let's just search this in YouTube. Grant Collins, he teaches cybersecurity. And he teaches you how to get an entry level cybersecurity job and how to get started in a career in cybersecurity. He started out from watching simple programmer videos and learning and figuring it out. And so he teaches a lot of soft skills side of it. He has a very similar style to me, and he can tell you everything that you need to know about cybersecurity. If you look through his videos, Grant needs to really make it so that when you type cyber security into YouTube, that his videos come up first. I'm being funny, but take what I said and use it. Don't ask stupid questions. Figure out things and figure out how to solve problems for yourself. You got to become a person who figures out how to solve your own problems in life. I'm not the expert on cyber security, so you went to the wrong place. Click that subscribe and click the “like” button. I'll talk to next time.