Solved 16 year old drop out Career problems and other stuff.

December 27, 2013 at 12:58:03
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Hello Computing, I'm a 16 year old Male whose interest is technology.
I'll try to keep this really brief.
I dropped out of 8th grade, and have been doing nothing lately, the reason I dropped out is really personal and I can't go to school anymore.

But that's just a side note, the real issue is this. When I was 13 I started to learn programming and I was fascinated by computers, I learned HTML, however I was procrastinating all the TIME, then I moved to Visual Basic, C and stuff. Truly I was just a NEWBIE, who had no factual knowledge, however, that improved over time, I created a calculator, some other stuff and a phishing.
That was only for education purposes, I didn't even know what it did, then I came across the term 'hacker' and surely it fascinated me EVEN MORE. But, I didn't get into it too much, then I stopped working with computers, then when I turned 15, I slowly started programming HTML again, for a month, Then In July, this year, I started to learn more about hacking and stuff.

Basically, I want to be a HACKER, but not the illegal ones,I want to be a white hat that helps other companies from hackers, A penetration tester, I guess.

I'm sorry for dragging this for so LONG, but these are the final questions: How do I become a penetration tester? What languages do I start learning? I want to know how to start some scratch, should I also learn more about hardware or software?

I would really appreciate if this could be answered.

Thanks for your time!

Ps: I didn't know under what category to put this in! Sorry.

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December 27, 2013 at 23:15:59
I'm afraid that, IMO, what you are asking is the equivalent of saying "I want to be a doctor, but I don't want to go to medical school". No-one is going to trust a security consultant who has no proper training. If you really are unable to return to school or college then set your sights on a different area of computing or another career path.

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December 28, 2013 at 01:20:41
I'm sorry, I should have expressed myself more clearly, I can't return to a normal school.
However, if necessary I can take a degree in it. The school part is no problem, I just want to know the things to set up and get prepared :D


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December 28, 2013 at 02:02:59
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There are 'ethical hacking courses' you can take. Here's one:

You might google that or similar terms and see if there's something to your liking.

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December 28, 2013 at 19:41:28
You need to pay your dues just like everybody else, that means finishing grade school & high school (or getting an equivalency), then going on to college or trade school. You didn't do yourself any favors by dropping out. Time to start growing up.

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December 29, 2013 at 13:38:03
Hey Riider, thanks a lot for your reply! It wasn't really my choice to drop out, I would never do that! =D It's a bit too personal but I wish I could explain it to you guys!
I will see what I can do!
Once again! Thanks a lot!

Ps: How do you close a thread?

Update: Never mind! I figured out how to close it!

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January 1, 2014 at 07:58:27
I really can't imagine why a 12-13 yr old would HAVE to drop out of 8th grade other than possibly medical or mental issues. Even so, what have you been doing for the past several years other than "doing nothing"? And what's preventing you from going back to school or getting an equivalency? I doubt even McDonald's would hire a 8th grade dropout so what makes you think you'd be able to land a job in the technology field? You're only 16 so you have plenty of time to get caught up with your education, I suggest you get to it!

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January 1, 2014 at 09:49:12
Yea, I get it. It seems really hard to understand, it even seems unreasonable.
But it's a whole different level of an issue, pretty sure that you won't ever encounter. but yea! thanks!

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January 1, 2014 at 22:38:56
He's probaby that kid who chewed a poptart into the shape of a gun and was expelled because of it.

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January 4, 2014 at 06:07:33
No, I wasn't expelled, but an excellent assumption you made.

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January 4, 2014 at 14:04:07
I get a kick out of the silly 'no tolerance' policy schools have now. I was a cub scout when I was a kid and on meeting days we'd wear our uniforms to school Part of the uniform was a pocket knife hanging from a clip on the belt. We weren't little terrorists in training and no one had a problem with it. Now a kid with a pocket knife would be expelled. Draw a picture of a gun--get expelled. Chew your poptart in the shape of a gun--get expelled. No common sense anymore.

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