my stride and handle these difficult situations with a newfound confidence. While I cannot give you the secrets to nailing any interview or getting every job you apply for, I can tell you what works for me, and I can tell you that this process can be much more enjoyable once you take a few minutes to re-frame your mindset about the whole interview experience.
If you are trying to join the infosec industry, or are part of it already but you are looking to expand your knowledge/skills, I am sure you have heard blanket statements when it came to choosing an area of focus. I am referring to sentences like “You need to learn linux”, or “You have to know networking”, or “You have to focus on coding”. While most people will only have good intentions, sharing these very broad opinions with no further guideance or context can be counterproductive for an industry desperately searching for new talent. I am of the opinion that we do not check often enough how low or high the barrier of entrance is when it comes to learning fundamentals on ever-growing pillars of our industry.
Four reasons why I was failing at learning infosec/cybersecurity skills and how I overcame those challenges. Why learning can sometimes be difficult.
A lot of the time, newcomers in infosec (or any profession for that matter), have a difficult time knowing when to speak up. This could happen around senior coworkers, or even the other new folks.
Here is a short story: I started feeling imposter syndrome once I was getting more comfortable at the help desk I started my IT career at. Having moved past the initial panic state of my…