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

From: John S.
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 10:43 AM
Your ability to learn is solely down to your motivation and enthusiasm, absolutely nothing to do with age.  IT / software development is a career based on continual discover and learning, so if you are not learning anything new then that is the time to be concerned.

Your age can be an asset, as will be all the experiences you gathered over your years (whether those experiences by specifically IT related or not).  If you are competely new to IT then I would recommend going to University.  It should be pretty easy for you to pick up a first, as I assume you wont be going out parting quite as much as the 18-21 year olds.  I could not keep up with them as a mature student of 24 :)

There is nothing to stop you also doing certification, assuming you know what you want to be doing.  IT and software development is one of the broad industry out there and no one has time to do everything.

You do need to take responsibility to carve out your own career (or be just very lucky).  Try many things out and see what you get excited about the most.  I suggest going to a range of community events and get a feel for what others are doing in software development.

If you want a role as a developer, then get coding every day, even if its only a few lines.  Get a github account and push you code up there.  Fork interesting projects and see how others have developed code.  Write your own apps and websites, its so much easier to do that these days.

There are litterally tonnes of great developer blogs and websites all within reach of Google.  Take a evening or two to explore a technology and gather some understanding about it, then talk to others or write a blog about something you have done with it.

If you decide to go down specific technology routes, certification can in some circumstances help give an employer confidence you can do the job when you are unable to provide evidence of experience in other ways.  Remember though, that most certification is for you CV and does not necessarily make you a rounded engineer.  If you get into forcedotcom development, there is a well established certification route.  This is not essential, however it can give you a wide view of the development process and technology platform.  Some other certification processes are more about just passing exams

In conclusion, its never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, especially if that dog has passion for what they want to do.  When I went to University there was a student there in their 70's.  When I get that old, I'll plan to start a new career in genetic engineering!


On 11 February[masked]:15, Naveed <[address removed]> wrote:
Morning all,

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. ??

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

Any advice, pointers, and honest opinions  will be greatly appreciated.



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