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.