February 16, 2015

Advice to Aspiring Computer Security Engineers/Scientists

I'm graduating this year, so I'm going to take a bit of time out of my life to write some advice to the people following behind me. This advice is written for someone who is still in high school and is interested in computers and computer security. If you are older, just interested in computers as a hobby, or not interested in computers at all, I think you might still get something out of it.

First, a warning: Don't follow this advice to the letter. This is all based on my own experience, so it definitely won't apply to everyone. I'm not a famous computer scientist or anything like that, so there's no real reason to listen to my advice over theirs. I guess that's the first bit of advice: Don't strictly follow anyone's advice. Tailor your experience to your interests.

With that said, here are the main points, in no particular order.

If you read this page and think it's useful, bookmark it or print it out. I can't count the number of advice posts I've read and then completely forgotten about. I hope this advice helps!