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When am I good enough to apply for IT job.

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When am I good enough to apply for IT job.

tech_guy_dave
I'm attending a local 2 year tech college for programming. The 'deepest' course is intermediate VB. This just doesn't sound sufficient to land a job in IT. What metrics can I use to assess myself and know that I have what it takes to land and keep a decent job? I fear that I will be so far over my head that I will hurt any company I work for. I am presently the best there is at my job now(construction), but I hate it and need to make the jump for medical reasons.

I think it might help to add that I have been a programmer in my heart for over 2 decades but haven't had the time to keep up with it. At 40 years old I feel compelled to follow my dreams or give them up. This is more than an income to me. It is my lifes dream. I will do whatever it takes, but the clock is ticking and I need to make a career move soon.