This question as been asked before it seems, but I could use some advice myself for my specific situation. I am very frustrated with my university. I study software engineering and I am very bored. I finished my first year of college awhile back and I didn't learn much mostly calculus and chemistry. The main advantage is the cyber defense competitions which we do and I was able to win that last spring and got an internship at a company for the next academic year part time (20 hours a week) doing InfoSec work (security monitoring and internal penetration testing is what I am told).
I am frustrated by the university now I have to study Diffeq and physics this summer and I would much rather be reverse engineering, working on a blog to showcase my skills, and getting certifications. People who don't work in InfoSec have told me I need a college degree, but when I meet people who are seniors and have been through all these courses and can barely explain how what SQL injection is let alone how to exploit it I begin to question that logic.
I have been studying InfoSec since I was in middle school and while I am no expert I do know a thing or two. I am great at teaching myself. I have another company I am trying to get an internship at who had challenges online and I completed all of them and sent them my resume.
Unfortunately, they had already hired interns because I did not find the challenges until very late, but said I could contact them in the fall. I feel like I have all the skills to get into the InfoSec field, but lack the college degree. If I did my internship next academic year and instead of going to university I got the OSCP, OSCE, and OSWP certifications could I just leave college and go work in the InfoSec field? Could I get a full time job as an entry level penetration tester. I don't really care if it is a junior position I just want to turn my hobby into a career and going to college does not seem to be getting me where I want to be. Getting a job in the field I would be able to work in security full time while being able to spend all my free time (I love what I do) continuing to improve my skills I don't think I would have any problems at all and would not have to spend three more years or four more years for the masters program of my life at university.
I know this question has been asked before, but I could use some solid advice.I really very much would love to work in the InfoSec field and not have to spend any more time at college bored, but I will do it if that is what it takes.I have seen a number of blog posts by people who say you don't need a college degree for InfoSec. This is really a gamble and if I am going to take it then I could use some guidance.
TL; DR if I left college and got some certifications to prove my skills would I be able to get a job. I have an internship for the next academic year which is part time doing internal penetration testing and security monitoring. But, if instead of going to college I spent that time getting the OSCP, OSCE, and OSWP certifications with that work experience could I get a job as an entry level penetration tester without a college degree. I am bored in college and want to be challenged and not have to work around college bureaucracy to have time to study InfoSec.