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How I transformed my career from software engineer to a penetration tester?

Embarking on a career transformation can be a daunting journey, but it's also an exhilarating one. For me, the shift from software engineering to penetration testing was not just a change in job titles, but a complete overhaul of my professional identity and skill set. In this article, I'll share my personal experience and resources like that could help you in your cybersecurity journey.

The Initial Spark

As a software engineer, I was well-versed in the art of building things. I spent years perfecting my javascript craft, learning new programming languages, and keeping up with the latest in tech. However, there was always a part of me that was curious about the other side of the coinβ€”security.

The world of cybersecurity always seemed thrilling. The idea of being a digital sleuth, uncovering vulnerabilities, and thinking like a hacker was alluring. It was a challenge I couldn't resist.

The Leap of Faith

Taking the leap from software engineering to penetration testing required more than just courage; it required a solid plan and the right resources. That's where came into play. It's a treasure trove of knowledge, with guides and tutorials that are perfect for someone looking to get their feet wet in the world of cybersecurity.

I started by dedicating my evenings and weekends to studying. I delved into topics like network security, ethical hacking, and cryptography. The more I learned, the more I realized that my background in software engineering gave me a unique edge. I understood how systems were built, which now helped me understand how they could be broken.

Building a New Skill Set

One of the most significant hurdles was building a new skill set from scratch. Penetration testing is a different ball game, with its own set of tools and methodologies. I spent countless hours on websites like, learning basics of web and radio hacking.

The website's community was also a fantastic resource. Interacting with fellow aspiring penetration testers and seasoned professionals provided me with insights and encouragement. It was reassuring to know that I wasn't alone in this journey.

The Transformation

Fast forward to today, and I'm a full-fledged penetration tester. The transformation was gradual but profound. I've traded in my developer hat for a hacker's hoodie, and I've never looked back.

My days are now spent conducting security assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and working with development teams to secure their applications. It's a role that's both challenging and rewarding.

Resources that could be helpful

  • - a website, that I and my friend made, that helps you learn cybersecurity. Most of the tutorials are FREE.

  • HackTheBox - I used this site to mostly test my skills using CTF challenges.

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