Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!!

From: Richard W.
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 10:38 AM
I rarely post anything on here so I will try to briefly explain my dilemma/ problem.

First off I'm a mature student with a basic I.T background. I will be starting a Bsc computer science degree in June this year. I'm hoping to someday start a career in programming. But Im  get a mixed reaction, from a lot of guys!!

My problem is should I just do certificates and try get experience that way ??
Or start the degree hoping to start programming when I finish, baring in mind I'm in my early 40,s. ??

Choosing to do a CS degree in order to transfer careers into programming is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.  It'll give you some fundamental background.

However, if you're going down this path I'd strongly recommend that you try to undertake some programming outside of your degree.  This could consist of open source contributions or perhaps part-time paid work.  I'm suggesting this both because I think the experience will make it easier for you to find a full-time programming job and also because there are many elements of software engineering that are better learnt outside of a degree and some which are strengthened with some context and practice.

Or will it be like teaching an old dog to do new tricks impossible to do ???

As to this issue - that depends on the dog!  Some people are keen to learn and open to new things, other people are less willing to admit their weaknesses.  Especially in the technology industry if you need to be willing to learn new ideas and evolve your skills over time anyway.  No matter how strong you believe you are in some area - be that a technical choice such as a language/framework, softer skills such as communication or the ability to work within or apply a methodology.

regards,

  Richard Warburton

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