From Cyber Sleuth to Mysterious Vanish: My Quirky Pivot Away from the Cyber Realm
Who knew a CISSP and a dash of humor wouldn't get your foot in the door? Time to investigate!
It was the best of times; it was the slightly bewildering times. After sending what felt like a love letter to 200+ potential employers over five arduous months and hearing nothing but crickets in response, a new adventure beckons me away from the ever-elusive land of Cybersecurity and TheChaddingtonPost. So, I'm hanging up my virtual detective hat (for now) and moonwalking into a new chapter.
Picture this: It's a quiet evening. You've got your snazziest pajamas on, a cup of the strongest caffeine concoction beside you, and an enthusiasm for the cybersecurity realm that rivals Captain Kirk's passion for boldly going where no man has before. Now imagine that same scene, played on repeat 200 times over. That's been my reality. Yet, every morning, my inbox looked emptier than a Star Trek redshirt's life expectancy.
I embarked on a journey, armed with my Security+ and CISSP – the equivalent of the Excalibur sword in the cybersecurity world. Alas, not a single recruiter knighted me for my efforts. I was all dressed up with nowhere to go, like a character in a Kafka novel who missed the memo about the costume party.
The narrative out there sings praises of an acute shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Meanwhile, I'm sitting here thinking: "Did my invites get lost in the digital mail? Or perhaps they're stuck in a parallel universe?"
Now, I'm not one to mope. But it's indeed perplexing when your cybersecurity credentials gather more dust than a floppy disk in 2023. Here's where the plot thickens: there's a vast disconnect between the stories we hear about the burgeoning demand in the cyber world and the cold inboxes many of us face. It's like being told there's a pizza party downstairs, but you only find empty boxes and a lonely salad when you get there.
But as they say, every closed portal opens a new, albeit unexpected, window. While this might be a "see you later" rather than a "goodbye," my focus will shift from TheChaddingtonPost and LinkedIn antics. Cybersecurity was a fantastic dream, filled with binary codes and the occasional mysterious villain. However, the universe has dished out a different path for me, and I'm diving in headfirst.
To all who have been part of my journey, from the likes, comments, messages, and even the silent readers, thank you for being the wind beneath my digital wings. And who knows? Maybe down the road, we'll cross paths again in a twist worthy of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Until then, keep your firewalls up and your spirits even higher!
Chad out. 🚀🕵️♂️🔍🔚