So I'm going to be graduating college in January 2013, with a double major in Compsci and Cell Biology (don't ask...). I'm really looking to break into the information security field as a consultant. (Ideally, risk management)
I would like to start working straight out of undergrad... I'll have been in school for 6 and a half years when I do graduate, and I'd like to take some time off and visit the real world before I decide to jump into a Master's degree program. So I guess what I'm asking is, to pursue a job as a consultant, would I necessarily need to complete my master's?
In terms of certifications, I have my security+ right now, and I'm going to see about getting my CISSP as soon as I get my bachelors (I believe the pre-reqs for the CISSP are either 3 years of work experience or a college degree), and I'll probably look into getting my GISP next summer (unless I get an internship).
The reason I list my pedigree is because I've heard arguments back and forth that relevant certifications are never a bad idea. On the other hand, I've also heard that getting too many certifications in a field gets kind of redundant... like the CISSP will cover a very decent chunk of what's covered in the GISP, minus some management stuff.
So I guess this turned into kind of a long-winded, two part question with no real definite answer:
1) To an experienced security professional/hiring manager, will my resume get flushed down the proverbial toilet because of my lack of a Masters?
2) Are my efforts to grab several big-name certifications worth it?
Thanks in advance for your help.