Out of work veteran trying to start online career.

I graduated in May with a degree in Cybersecurity with a perfect GPA and a stack of awards.  That and two bucks will get you a decent cup of coffee :P

The reality is that the pandemic has smacked the IT game as hard as any other, which seems crazy given all the distance learning right now, but I'm four months into a job search and no luck whatsoever.  Money's running out and that means bad things for roof over the head and running water stuff.  So I need you to send me all  your money, and I'll just give up.  JUST KIDDING.

What I AM trying to do is get away from being dependent on someone else hiring me.  I'm good at IT and an avid gamer, and quite a few people I know are making reasonable money streaming on Twitch and providing content on YouTube.  I am intent on doing the same.  Do I think I'll be the next rich YouTube celebrity? Not hardly.  I do think I can make enough to pay the bills and not worry about the job market.

So what do I need money for?  A fancy new gaming computer? Nice, yes, but no.  Here's a beginner's list:

A better desk.  My current one is flimsy and won't support multiple monitors.
Another monitor.  You really need three, but I can get started with two.
A monitor arm (only usable if I can get a desk, probably).
A good headset.
A decent gaming/office chair.  Streaming for hours on end pretty much demands it.
A green screen and mounting equipment for it would be nice.
A streaming deck.
A capture card.

Some of these things are a bit optional, but the first four largely are not.  If I get more than I need from this I will upgrade some components to the extent I can to make my content better.  If get more than THAT...I will put it into savings and use for emergencies only.  And if I can get a job (I will still be looking) and/or make money streaming/YouTube to get by without using it, I will donate the rest to my local favorite food pantry...Paul's Pantry.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.


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Donald Ramakers 
Little Suamico, WI
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