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Ok im currently in school getting my low end certs. Im wanting some feedback from current pen tester… i know ill need programming at some point. 1. after low certs do i go rite into my ceh/pentest+ and then a job then work on programming?? Or 2. after low certs do i get programming and then move into ceh/pentest+ so ill have better knowledge on the programming side already?? please experienced advice only thanks