This post is going to deviate a little from the norm. I’m trying to focus more on learning new things, but I’m finding it difficult to learn one thing when there are a million other things out there to learn. I feel like I’m being pulled in 9001 different directions. It’s hard when you start out in this field to know what to do. You can say you want to be a pentester, but there is so much more than just being a pentester. You can specialize in other skills as well, reversing malware, finding bugs and writing exploits, forensics, network analysis, the list goes on. I’m generally a jack of trades, at least in IT I was, but I’m finding it hard to concentrate on learning one thing at a time. I’m overwhelmed with the vastness of things to learn. I’m currently taking the Pentesting with Backtrack course from work, I’m also running a honeypot project, reading about reversing malware and I’m practicing my social engineering in the evenings when I go out. On top of all that, I’m learning PCI stuff for my day job.
What do you do to focus all this? I guess a thing I could do is write a list and prioritize what I want to learn and make goals. That’s what people do, right? The hard part is making that decision, what do I want to learn? How do I want my career to progress? I feel like after I’ve gotten my first job in InfoSec (and in compliance) I’ve stagnated somehow, I feel like a new car that’s been driven off the lot; my value has gone down.
So my millions of readers, how would you combat this? Have you gone through something like this in the past? How did you fix it? Leave a comment, or fire me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org