• Xander Stevenson

Let the Journey Begin: Moving Across the Countey and Landing a Tech Job

Updated: May 13, 2019

Now that I've graduated from coding bootcamp, I'm primed to re-enter the work force as a software developer or cybersecurity analyst......in.........

Short-term goal:

I'm giving myself until July 4th to begin working in the software or cybersecurity fields in .

I have a backup-plan of working as a Network Engineer because I have some solid experience in that field. However, Network Engineers are often on call and can be woken in the middle of the night. I've been there and done that, in the military. I also worked at Comlabs in Florida as a Network Support Technician and it was extremely high-stress. I was literally responsible for making life or death decisions, which is not something I want to do full-time, despite the fact I was very good at it. Those false tsunami warnings on the East Coast and those False Missile Launch Warnings in Hawaii in 2018? Those were our competitors. It could have been us. But diligence and attention to detail go a long way.

Long-term goal

Working in networking was just a step in the direction of ultimately landing one my top two dream jobs:

1. Ethical Hacker / Penetration Tester / Red-Team Ninja

2. DevOps Engineer

Both of these require in-depth knowledge of networking, programming and cybersecurity. I've finally arrived at a place where I'm skilled at all three.

I'll be driving from Chicago to Denver this coming weekend and I'm excited about making it my home. If you know of any appropriate positions in the Denver area, please let me know. Happy Coding!

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