OtherGround Forums My life has completely changed

10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43873
So this is a an update on the happenings.

I havent had a lot of time to OG lately due to work, but things will begin to slow down soon and ill be more active here.

Anyway, last update, my future in Georgia was in limbo. I work in cyber security and was in the middle of a 7 month long project where if we failed to deliver, the company would no longer be allowed to process transactions globally. At the time of that update, i was super stressed, i was considering jumping ship because upper management was not giving me the support I need, and I had the workload of 4 people and was working 50-60 hours a week. I was a contractor on a 6 month contract and my future was uncertain. I posted my story here and the vast majority of the people here told me to leave, as did my parents, my fiance, and some people at work who knew the situation.

I didn't leave. I put my nose to the grind stone and began to think. Long story short, I was able to scare the shit out of upper management, I started sending my reports not only to my boss, but also sent reports to some other people as I had fears my reports weren't making it to the right people and were being sanitized. While, that did not turn out to be the issue, I made good friends and contacts with people on other teams that had serious amounts of pull and had the ears of the people that could get me what I need.

I was given a $200k budget and was given free reign to do what needed to be done to get the project completed on time. This is my first "corporate" job in my field (Penetration Testing) and the first time I had this kind of responsibility.

Anyway, I brought on an external company to help us complete what needed to be done withing 10 weeks time (we are 3 weeks in now). They gave me 3 contractors (which took up the majority of the budget), I was able to purchase some software that was needed, and I have a little money left for overruns.

As of Friday. We are on track to finish on time or early. During the testing, we found a VERY critical issue that had global implications. I used this situation to push for creating a new internal team to specifically hunt down these issues.

I have still been working 60 hour weeks late into the night to pull this project out of the dumps and to finish not only early, but under budget. Also on Friday, I signed a contract to become a permanent Employee of the company, full benefits, and a huge raise in pay. Once this project is complete along with the critical issue I was able to use to my advantage, I will be creating and leading a new Internal Threat Hunting / Red Team / Threat Simulation Team and will be able to hire 4-5 full time employees to work under me.

In the last 7 months,I went from working a dead end job with no real prospects to this. I have paid off the majority of my debt, my credit score has gone up 140 points, I financed my first "new" car (hardly used), and am actually now worried about my fucking tax bracket (looking for an accountant).

I dont have a degree, barely finished highschool, and had dead end after dead end job where I couldnt make ends meet at the end of the week or when bills were due. My girlfriend had to constantly put more towards our monthly bills. I decided I wanted a change and to have a career. I studied hard for about a year and a half and learned all I could on my own.

This isnt a post to brag. Ive been on the OG a VERY long time (since I was 16, turning 31 in a few months) and Ive seen a lot of people come and go. Ive seen the sob stories and the woe is me stories. Use my story as motivation, when you feel like you are in a dead end situation, there is always something better, but YOU have to take it. No one can do it for you.
10 days ago
12/15/11
Posts: 16271

Congrats!

10 days ago
9/11/13
Posts: 3733

Glad to see a positive thread about a life change.  Good job man!  Sounds like you kicked some major ass!

10 days ago
12/21/16
Posts: 766
Nice. '86 really is the best generation.
10 days ago
4/17/17
Posts: 213
I remember those nights, OGing all night with the Wire on in the background. Seriously, congrats.
10 days ago
4/18/01
Posts: 48093

Just don't "accidentally" post another nmap lol

10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43874
invalid -

Just don't "accidentally" post another nmap lol

It wasn't accidental you doofus. It was in my clipboard and it was a paste your clip board thread. Shit, if I pasted my computers clipboard now it would probably be some Python script to sort Nessus results.
10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43875
We Are All One Mean Species - I remember those nights, OGing all night with the Wire on in the background. Seriously, congrats.
Yeah, when I first moved the GA and was on my own, I was working late nights and would watch the wire, the shield, entourage and other binge shows.
10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43876
Wilders of the Lost Each - Nice. '86 really is the best generation.
The best year. Not quite millennial sjw scum, but not some disgruntled gen x-er.
10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43877
Ace5002 -

Glad to see a positive thread about a life change.  Good job man!  Sounds like you kicked some major ass!

Main reason I posted it.
10 days ago
4/18/01
Posts: 48094
TheSergeK - 
invalid -

Just don't "accidentally" post another nmap lol

It wasn't accidental you doofus. It was in my clipboard and it was a paste your clip board thread. Shit, if I pasted my computers clipboard now it would probably be some Python script to sort Nessus results.

If you say so

10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43878
invalid -
TheSergeK - 
invalid -

Just don't "accidentally" post another nmap lol

It wasn't accidental you doofus. It was in my clipboard and it was a paste your clip board thread. Shit, if I pasted my computers clipboard now it would probably be some Python script to sort Nessus results.

If you say so

Don't make me load up sub7 and flip your screen.
10 days ago
4/18/01
Posts: 48095

No way, I already know it was you that put all that tranny porn on my computer. 

10 days ago
12/29/03
Posts: 43879
invalid -

No way, I already know it was you that put all that tranny porn on my computer. 

It was the Russians obviously.



.... Wait a minute.
10 days ago
10/29/10
Posts: 3031
Winning!!
10 days ago
8/18/16
Posts: 476
TheSergeK - So this is a an update on the happenings.

I havent had a lot of time to OG lately due to work, but things will begin to slow down soon and ill be more active here.

Anyway, last update, my future in Georgia was in limbo. I work in cyber security and was in the middle of a 7 month long project where if we failed to deliver, the company would no longer be allowed to process transactions globally. At the time of that update, i was super stressed, i was considering jumping ship because upper management was not giving me the support I need, and I had the workload of 4 people and was working 50-60 hours a week. I was a contractor on a 6 month contract and my future was uncertain. I posted my story here and the vast majority of the people here told me to leave, as did my parents, my fiance, and some people at work who knew the situation.

I didn't leave. I put my nose to the grind stone and began to think. Long story short, I was able to scare the shit out of upper management, I started sending my reports not only to my boss, but also sent reports to some other people as I had fears my reports weren't making it to the right people and were being sanitized. While, that did not turn out to be the issue, I made good friends and contacts with people on other teams that had serious amounts of pull and had the ears of the people that could get me what I need.

I was given a $200k budget and was given free reign to do what needed to be done to get the project completed on time. This is my first "corporate" job in my field (Penetration Testing) and the first time I had this kind of responsibility.

Anyway, I brought on an external company to help us complete what needed to be done withing 10 weeks time (we are 3 weeks in now). They gave me 3 contractors (which took up the majority of the budget), I was able to purchase some software that was needed, and I have a little money left for overruns.

As of Friday. We are on track to finish on time or early. During the testing, we found a VERY critical issue that had global implications. I used this situation to push for creating a new internal team to specifically hunt down these issues.

I have still been working 60 hour weeks late into the night to pull this project out of the dumps and to finish not only early, but under budget. Also on Friday, I signed a contract to become a permanent Employee of the company, full benefits, and a huge raise in pay. Once this project is complete along with the critical issue I was able to use to my advantage, I will be creating and leading a new Internal Threat Hunting / Red Team / Threat Simulation Team and will be able to hire 4-5 full time employees to work under me.

In the last 7 months,I went from working a dead end job with no real prospects to this. I have paid off the majority of my debt, my credit score has gone up 140 points, I financed my first "new" car (hardly used), and am actually now worried about my fucking tax bracket (looking for an accountant).

I dont have a degree, barely finished highschool, and had dead end after dead end job where I couldnt make ends meet at the end of the week or when bills were due. My girlfriend had to constantly put more towards our monthly bills. I decided I wanted a change and to have a career. I studied hard for about a year and a half and learned all I could on my own.

This isnt a post to brag. Ive been on the OG a VERY long time (since I was 16, turning 31 in a few months) and Ive seen a lot of people come and go. Ive seen the sob stories and the woe is me stories. Use my story as motivation, when you feel like you are in a dead end situation, there is always something better, but YOU have to take it. No one can do it for you.

Great story... glad you stuck with something even when it was not convenient, and pulled yourself up through pure hard work.

 

 

10 days ago
11/17/13
Posts: 577

Great job man I feel like I am in a similar situation as you were in months ago but I am much younger than yourself. That's not a jab at you whatsoever you're just more experienced than I am. Thanks for the post and good luck going forward! Definitely motivating hearing your story. 

10 days ago
1/8/15
Posts: 4559

TL;DR Any tits?

10 days ago
1/1/01
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10 days ago
9/13/06
Posts: 23046

What kind of whip?

10 days ago
5/14/09
Posts: 11051
Nice work, bud. Glad it worked out for you!
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10 days ago
1/19/12
Posts: 27293

Way to go Serge! From Wyndham sales to this killer career! You did it all by yourself, and now will be reaping the rewards.

 

I know receiving the salary will be a sticker shock, and you deserve to have some fun with it, like going on vacation, etc...just remember to start saving and creating a nice nest egg too.

10 days ago
2/12/12
Posts: 59
Thats fucking awesome. Congrats on everything. Curious about the educational path that lead you from deadend job to getting your foot in the door at a company in cyber security.
10 days ago
4/21/09
Posts: 11091
Good work serge. Shit brings a tear to my eye on this fathers day. Keep it up!