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Security Software EngineerΒ atΒ Amazon4 months ago

Why I Became a Security Engineer πŸ” as An Aspiring Software Engineer πŸ’»

A year ago, I announced I got a job as a security engineer. I got asked what happened to my goal of being a software engineer? Now, I've been asked what made me switch from being a security engineer to a software engineer? Well, nothing changed since the beginning. My plan was always to become a software engineer.Β 


I had other software engineer offers but chose to join Amazon as a security engineer. It was a better learning opportunity and I was confident I'd be able to switch in the future. My ideal timeline was a year but I considered the job hunt might take 2 years to land a role in a big tech company. I was specifically aiming for a big tech company for a few reasons. Overall, I was pretty picky and tried to plan ahead as far as I could.Β 


This article is packed with info so grab a snack🍿. I go over all my offers I received in my 2020-2021 job hunt and talk more about money πŸ’΅. I hope this is insightful for anyone considering switching into software engineering.Β 


I've learned throughout this that, sometimes to reach a destination, you have to take a few detours.


https://chigozie-asikaburu.medium.com/why-i-became-a-security-engineer-as-an-aspiring-software-engineer-9d7ccfd4a57a

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spellmannersGraphic DesignΒ 4 months ago
The locations you were interested in are on my list too. If I dont get into a T1 or FAANG, I'll be falling back on landing in a tech hub so I can bounce around if things get dicey like they are now. Even then, I can freelance until I get bounce back
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Chigozie AsikaburuSecurity Software EngineerΒ atΒ Amazon4 months ago
Yeah, it's nice being in a tech hub because there's lot of jobs so you don't have to really move. Seems like everyone's trying to moving to TX these days πŸ‘€. Location is really important so hopefully you can land a job, where you want to be. I personally didn't want to move anytime soon.

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