Thread: over the years, I had countless infosec newcomers ask me how to build a successful career in the field. I don't have a recipe for success; but there are several things I learned over the years, and they're a bit different from the usual career advice you hear. (Thread)
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My most important tip is about happiness: jobs come and go, conflicts happen, you can't win every argument. It's best not to let your work projects define who you are. If reviewing a code change makes you angry, it's time to pause; non-computer hobbies help.
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In the same vein, friendships last longer than jobs. You don't have to get along with every person you encounter, but it's good to try. And when being a good person clashes with doing your job, it's probably time to pause, push back - and if that doesn't help, bail.
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Next, remember that this is a volatile industry. You might feel invincible today, but job markets can crash overnight - and did so several times before. There are great rewards in tech, but it is foolish to live paycheck-to-paycheck. A Tesla can come after a rainy-day fund.
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Replying to @lcamtuf
I talk about this frequently - People in tech under the age of 33 or so graduated from college into a market that has yet to see a downturn.

4:17 PM · Jun 19, 2021

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has there ever been a downturn?
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Let me tell you about raising money for Immunet in 2009…
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I'm going to disagree. We haven't always had a strong job market, and individual sectors have had major downturns. I think it comes down to not being as industry wide in tech or as big a burst.
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