- Cybersecurity is way more than its technical side. The general population thinks that its all about hacking/scripting/coding. It is not, there's more to it and I'll leave a link with some of jobs within the field that do not require tons of technical experience/knowledge.
- Is cybersecurity hard to get into? yes, it requires time to study and practice like anything else in life. Companies also want to ensure they are hiring someone they can trust with very sensitive information / systems - this is where soft skills comes in handy and if it does not comes naturally to you it's ok, practice with a friend/family member until you feel confident.
- Do not think that just because you got a degree in a field, you will have to stay in the field until you retire. Many stories out there on people that graduated in one field and is heavily successful in something completely different. I used to work for a company that the CISO had a degree in biochemistry and found out her love/skills in tech/IT when the lab she used to work for needed a database for an experiment and she volunteered to work on that.
- Be open and prepared to fail more than you succeed. It's part of the learning process and some of my manager's favorite things to say is that we need to learn to "fail faster"(as in try as soon as we can so we fail and learn from it).
Good luck choosing a career, but don't think things are set in stone, you can always change your paths!
Ana recommends the following next steps:
If you want challenge and want to make a difference in the world, you can join this industry and keep hackers/crooks or govt hindering/harming innocent citizens.
There is no one language used, you need to be proficient in several languages based on the company and where they specialized.
I suggest learn following not in a priority order.
1) C or C++
6) Assembly (intel)
You do not have to all of them right away but based on where you want to work and what language they use - develop the expertise in that language.
Overall, you cannot go wrong with first 3 languages.
Then I would look at where you would like to use your skills Blue Team (Defense and Harding systems) or Red Team (Attack to prevent attacks) or maybe a combo.
Then I would build up your skills and networks by joining and participating in hacking events such as capture the flags. Here's a few you can take a look at to get started: