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RE # 8 - Kinda... Not for you if you want a long term career
A Career in IT is fun until you reach about 40. 1) you can never have more than 2 years experience because of the rapid changes. 2) Nobody wants a 40+ year old working on their computers. 3) hiring managers are short sighted and want someone who is 20+ so they can work for a long time (which does not happen). I know way too many people who spent 20 +/- years in IT (myself included) that was tossed out and never able to get back into a groove because of age bias. There is a conventional wisdom that says " a person with 20 years experience with every kind of computer on earth can't learn MY computer. MY coputer is different. I enjoyed my career in IT, but for myself - it blows. Go get a job in a real career that you can do all your life until YOU want to quit!