What is the difference between an Information Technology degree and a software engineer?

By | September 9, 2015

I am going back to school right now and want to eventually get CISSP/ISSEP certified. I’m unsure in which direction to take to achieve this. I’m not really looking to become a programmer but I am willing to. I understand that Information systems security is a great field to get into now into the future. I’m just unsure what the real difference is with an IT degree or software engineer. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Lucy Girl

    probably the best advice you can get is to to with SIGs (Special Interest Groups) in those areas.
    One of the many for software engineer is
    http://www.sigsoft.org/
    Most large cities will have SIGs in both fields.
    One possible search strategy.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=softtware+engineer+sigs&aq=f&oq=&aqi=
    Many will hold meetings once a month. There might be a membership fee which makes those meetings free or cheap and charge a little extra for non-members. Get there at least 30 mins before it starts to mingle with those established in those fields.
    I knew a bar/restaurant next to a large IT firm. I would show up for a business lunch early to get a seat at the bar. Starting chatting. Found out that Thursday after work a large group from that company would meet there for drinks. I left my car in their company parking lot. Met a lot of people. I kept it easy on the drinks but still took a cab home. They called me in for some interviews which lead to a job. Start networking with people in those fields. There are online networking, some newsgroups that you can probably find through google/yahoo, and might be some special interest groups. Start a special interest group at college. Some may quickly get jobs after college and assist on getting members of the college SIG get a job in the following years. Like frats/sororities do.

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