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Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 19 March 2015 - 04:54 AM

Sorry if this question has already been asked.

I have always had a keen interest in software development messing around with it in my spare since I was 14ish. I really enjoy it so I thought I would change career and head down this road. So I have started my degree and I will be finished when I am 34. My question is 34 to old to start a career in software development.

Any advice would be helpful

Thanks
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:12 AM

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is 34 to old to start a career in software development.


Nope. Go for it.
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:13 AM

I would point you to the numerous times this has been asked:

http://www.dreaminco...the-next-level/

Reading back in the Software Development forum here it seems to be about every 5th question

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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:37 AM

Am I too old to start programming
Programming & age
Can you be too old to get into programming
Too old to start over, too young to retire
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Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:58 AM

Really nice of you to compile that list no2pencil! Just added a permalink to your answer in my FAQ list (so you get full credit every time)
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:04 AM

Thanks Guys for pointing me in the right direction

This has been a great help
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 21 March 2015 - 05:31 AM

Of course, I started programming when I was 12, which gave me a bit of a leg up on everyone else. But I didn't learn to do it right until college. After about 1 year of taking a programming course my professor suggested that I go get a programming job which seemed incredulous to me. But he said lots of people were hired after completing a year or two of programming in college. Sure enough, the next year a guy wanted to hire me as a programmer because I was a college student willing to program for minimum wage.

I went from job to job after that and made more money at each one.

So, it took me maybe a couple years to get good at it. Then it took a couple years working for next to no pay.

After you have a couple years experience, you should be able to make the good money. I heard from a technical recruiter the other day that the unemployment rate for Java and .Net (C# and ASP?) programmers is actually negative. They just can't find enough of them to fill the positions open.

I eventually got out of programming and into database administration because the money is better. But all that programming experience lead me into that.

So, I don't see why you can't go from knowing nothing to making good money in 5 years if you are determined to do it and don't mind reading one boring tech manual after the next. The self educating I think has always been the tough part. I think that's what washes out most people; they just aren't willing to read a 1,000 page book on how to do something. And you have to read a lot of those to stay relevant in this industry. You have to read a few of them even to just get started.
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:29 AM

Absolutely not. I read about a man in his 90s who became a software developer. There was a woman in her 80s recently that got a job for Apple as a product designer...

When are people going to learn that they are never really too old to pursue their interests?
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:39 AM

View PostSpock., on 21 March 2015 - 12:29 PM, said:

When are people going to learn that they are never really too old to pursue their interests?


Ironically enough, this is one of those lessons that many people learn just a little too late to do anything about it.
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Re: Am I Too Old To Change Career To a Software Developer

Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:46 AM

View PostNorfolkBeast, on 19 March 2015 - 04:54 AM, said:

Sorry if this question has already been asked.

I have always had a keen interest in software development messing around with it in my spare since I was 14ish. I really enjoy it so I thought I would change career and head down this road. So I have started my degree and I will be finished when I am 34. My question is 34 to old to start a career in software development.

Any advice would be helpful

Thanks


I am 40, started IT when i was 35, then finally got a 'real' job in development 0.5 years ago. So, never too old i guess, but you need to have that mindset. Some people just can't code. Turns out I'm pretty good at it.
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