Transitional Opportunities for Dead End careers

By duprleo ·
I am currently a script writer for FTP transmissions for various financial institutions. The Job and Pay is steady but there is no career path. What I do is pretty specialized and what I am finding out is there are other people out there that are in the exact same corner, basement as me. I have value but I do not think I posses any real skills that can be applied outside my job other than Unix. I am about a mile wide in terms of technologies I touch but only an inch deep. So the key (before the pink slip comes) is to find out what is available. I was asking about certifications or training in the area of internet security? I am using this stuff to transmitt some really secure stuff but that is all I do.. I do have to know Unix Scripting, and FTP Protocols.. PGP, SSH, SSL, which is neat but how do I parlay that into something more? I was thinking of Pursuing Cicso Router Training but wanted to know how much that could be applied to internet security. I am an old timer and even though I have done other things I figue I could stay in what I am doing otherwise I will have to do something else?

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by TCDood In reply to Transitional Opportunitie ...

I am in a similar boat. I have been in the I.T. arena for about 15 years. I have worked with Windows, Linux, Unix, Novell. I have followed the I.T. path to mostly small (100 or less employees) companies. Although I have taken bunches of training courses, the big companies, don't want to look at me, because of my limited enterprise experience. I think your thinking of Internet Security is good. You know more about security then I probably ever will, because your life (and career) depends on it. My last interview, before my present job, said either you must have done it, or have a certificate saying you can do it.
I think you should look at Cisco, because they are the biggest. That gives you background with Switches, Routers, TCP/IP, protocols, and networking. Add to that your background with Unix, and you have some pieces of the "BACK OFFICE" stuff. The A+/Network+/Security+ stuff is also valuable. Remember, you are trying to convince a hiring manager that you know what you are doing. It is stupid, but sometimes you cannot get to someone without letters after your name (i.e. MSCE, CCNA, CISSP, A+). You probably have enough knowledge to pass the A+, if you have done any hardware work. Some companies won't let you touch hardware without it!!
My $0.02

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