Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and James Doohan in Star Trek. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Paramount

Tomor­row I begin the first in my many Comp­TIA cer­ti­fi­ca­tions class­es. I will be start­ing with A+ and con­tin­u­ing on a three month course through the spec­trum to earn my CEH cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, unless I can extend and get my way into a CHFI cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as well. It’s nerdy, which I love. How­ev­er, part of me is still a lit­tle con­cerned that I am under-pre­pared or “out of my depth” as I have only been doing web pro­gram­ming for the past decade.

Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do, but the demands are usu­al­ly incred­i­bly unre­al­is­tic and the hours long. Besides, if I am not doing it pro­fes­sion­al­ly I can go back to doing it more as a hob­by, which is when it becomes more fun again. Not to men­tion that the pay should be bet­ter in this line of work than the one I am in cur­rent­ly. That sound­ed ungrate­ful, so let me rephrase it. They pay should be more than I made at the height of my career.

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