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)
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.
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.
Visibility helps, but only if it instills trust: promote your work juidiously, but be self-critical, too. As for the secret superpower in corporate environments, it's knowing how to write concise, well-structured docs. Take a writing course and see your life change overnight.
And look for ways to delegate or cross-train on any skill that only makes you useful to your current employer. Imagine interviewing somewhere new. Any activity you spend a lot of time on that wouldn't be useful to a new employer is slowing your career growth.
10:49 PM · Sep 18, 2021