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    Talking I didn't listen to anyone's advice: Starting WGU B.S. CIA June 1st.

    A couple weeks ago I asked for advice for my next education or certification move. I mentioned that I already have a B.S, but it is unrelated to IT. I have been doing a lot of thinking about what direction I want my career to go and I kept circling back to infosec. The nice thing about having a B.S already is that I do not need to take any general classes at WGU, it will be all IT. I am at a placed in my life right now where I have the time and the funding to maybe knock this program out in a year. I am apart of the first group to do this program so I thought it would be nice for me to document my experiences for others to learn. I am excited to take classes that will help me learn a little about areas of IT, like programming and databases (even if it is a basic overview), that I would not be motivated to learn otherwise. But anyhow I will update this thread as I progress through the program!

    ***Edit 6/18***
    Here is the list of classes I need to take:
    Introduction to IT – C182 Pre-assessment score: 75%
    Fundamentals of Information Security – C836 Pre-assessment score: 80%
    Web Development Foundations – C779
    IT Foundations – C393
    IT Applications – C394
    Scripting and Programming - Foundations – C173
    Managing Web Security – C837
    Network and Security - Applications – C178
    Managing Cloud Security – C838
    Data Management - Foundations – C175
    Data Management - Applications – C170
    Business of IT - Project Management – C176
    Introduction to Cryptography – C839
    Digital Forensics in Cybersecurity – C840
    Legal Issues in Information Security – C841
    Cyber Defense and Countermeasures – C842
    Managing Information Security – C843
    Emerging Technologies in Cybersecurity – C844
    Information Systems Security – C845
    IT Capstone Written Project – C769
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    You made your OWN decision??????? THE SHAME!!!!

    That degree definitely looks like it has a LOT of good information. Best of luck as you progress; I'm looking forward to seeing your updates!
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    I missed that thread. I would have suggested you go for the MSCSIA. Any thoughts/decisions about doing that once you finish the BSCSIA?
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    @PCTechLinc Shame indeed lol.


    @MontagueVandervort I am headed in that direction. I just want to feel like I have a more broad base before I try that program. As of right now I am just a Help Desk Specialist so I feel that a masters would look really strange to potential employers. Also the masters seems to be more of a Managers degree and I am not ready for that role, but that is just the way I see it. I need to put some time in the trenches before I go for the Masters.
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    Ok, so it sounds like it may be a future plan. That's good news. I think the way you're doing everything is really smart, and I wish you the best of luck.
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    Did you have a hard time getting into the school?

    I just applied but I have never been to college. Went to New Horizons but that's really just a bootcamp.
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    @boxerboy1168 - It was easy for me because I had Network+ and ITIL Foundations when I applied. I also have a 4 year B&M degree so that made it pretty easy for me.
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    I took 2 pre-assessments and got a passing score, I am going to spend the next week going through the material to get my confidence with the material a little higher. I am meeting with my student mentor on Tuesday, I will update this thread after my meeting. Orientation was a bit long but there was a lot of helpful info.
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    Great updates, thanks for keeping us posted. Good luck with your studies! I am also setting a goal to complete my WGU BS:IT in one year.
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    I am in my 2nd semester of the BS ITSEC program, switching to this in July... the BSCIA is more in line with where I am and what I do, planning on the MSCIA next as well
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    Jcundiff, are you sure you are switching in july? My mentor said that it would not be available for existing students until september. Were you told different? I am also wanting to switch.
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    Re: your edit

    Only 20 classes for a Bachelor's Degree? I took just about that amount for my college certifications. Is this because you hold CCENT, CompTIA N+, and ITIL Foundation certs? Did the certs really wipe out 14 whole classes, or did you have some college classes (or degree) already under your belt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontagueVandervort View Post
    Re: your edit

    Only 20 classes for a Bachelor's Degree? I took just about that amount for my college certifications. Is this because you hold CCENT, CompTIA N+, and ITIL Foundation certs? Did the certs really wipe out 14 whole classes, or did you have some college classes (or degree) already under your belt?
    He already has a BS degree in another field.
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    Thanks anhtran, I realize now that I should have reread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylee1246 View Post
    Jcundiff, are you sure you are switching in july? My mentor said that it would not be available for existing students until september. Were you told different? I am also wanting to switch.
    Thats when my new semester starts, my mentor said I couldnt switch mid-semester, but we could see about switching when my 3rd semester started. I will be raising a ruckus if they wont allow me to start in July... I have already paid them over 6 grand and be denied a program that someone can walk in off the street and get? It will get ugly if thats the case...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcundiff View Post
    Thats when my new semester starts, my mentor said I couldnt switch mid-semester, but we could see about switching when my 3rd semester started. I will be raising a ruckus if they wont allow me to start in July... I have already paid them over 6 grand and be denied a program that someone can walk in off the street and get? It will get ugly if thats the case...
    Hopefully you get in, I can't wait to start.
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    Did you have a hard time getting into the school?
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    Good luck! The Cybersecurity specialisation looks like it is the 'sexy' niche in Infosec at the moment, or at least encompasses the more sexy parts. I think you'll get a lot of value out of the degree. I think sometimes people forget that degrees can be more than just a line on a resume, and actually do give you pretty well rounded knowledge and good base in a discipline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctalDump View Post
    Good luck! The Cybersecurity specialisation looks like it is the 'sexy' niche in Infosec at the moment, or at least encompasses the more sexy parts. I think you'll get a lot of value out of the degree. I think sometimes people forget that degrees can be more than just a line on a resume, and actually do give you pretty well rounded knowledge and good base in a discipline.
    Thank you, I am excited to round my knowledge out I really think it will help me do better in my career.

    I had my initial meeting with my Student Mentor and it went really well. I mentioned that I will be doing the CCNA Cyber OPS scholarship from January to March and she was really supportive about it. She was very clear that she is going to hold me accountable to my goals, but if I need to make adjustments she will help. So far I am very happy with the WGU experience. Instead of attacking the coursework like a crazy person I am just taking the rest of may to shore up other projects around the house and relaxing so I can give it my full attention once June 1st hits. I felt really odd not studying so I started the Learning How to Learn course on Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learn...n/home/welcome I really enjoy it so far and I will definitely be tweaking my study technique.
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    Hopefully you get in, I can't wait to start.
    I will get in it is a matter of when... just spoke with my mentor and he isn't hopeful for the July start, saying September now... guess it is time to start moving up the food chain... worst case I will set out july and august which sucks because I had everything on Jan/june/Dec pattern which aligns with FA and works EA benefits but oh well
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcundiff View Post
    I will get in it is a matter of when... just spoke with my mentor and he isn't hopeful for the July start, saying September now... guess it is time to start moving up the food chain... worst case I will set out july and august which sucks because I had everything on Jan/june/Dec pattern which aligns with FA and works EA benefits but oh well
    I hear you there, I heard that for the first 3 months they are only letting 30 people in per month so that may be a part of it though that is pure speculation.
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