+ 0 Votes Career in IT dezrtluver September 3, 2013 at 10:17am PST Yes, a career in IT is extremely rewarding and there are truly no limits on age, I've been in IT for almost 20 years and after working on a long-term project, I sometimes feel like I've missed the window. Windows are always short and the window today will be different from the window a year from now. Its all about keeping your skill set up at all times. What you know this year can be obsolete a year from now. Ken, CEO, Mind Chemistry + 1 Votes Pursuing my career in IT in late 40s monsurqa December 21, 2012 at 4:13pm PST Hi, I am in my late 40s and I have same feelings of "as if I am running out of " my career path. So I have decided to change my focus to management perspective. I have earned an MBA degree and some certifications on ISO 20000, 27000 etc. Those help me to revive my career path. Thanks and regards, Monsur + 0 Votes It's never too late for a career change goedpaul December 24, 2012 at 10:05pm PST I changed careers at age 55 to become a Clinical Analyst in healthcare, so it's never too late to change. My best advice - if it's what you love to do, make the career change. The self-satisfaction will carry you through a lot of jerks and company politics you might have to deal with. Use what you learn and never stop learning. As a supervisor I had nearly 40 years ago once said - "The only job security you have is your ability to perform". The only person who can kill your dream is yourself. Be aware of your abilities and limitations. Best of luck in your pursuit! + 1 Votes Don't give up Pete6677 December 22, 2012 at 3:35am PST It is definitely still possible! I'm 34 myself. You will have to take an entry level (unfortunately) position to get established in the IT security field. Luckily, in a couple of years you will be experienced and will likely see a big bump in pay. Age should not be a problem - just don't come off looking like a bitter, cynical curmudgeon in the interview. This is what eliminates a lot of older candidates from consideration and they think it is age discrimination rather than attitude discrimination. Additionally, I hope you are in a part of the country where IT jobs are relatively plentiful. If your local economy is awful with little high-tech hiring going on, it may be a good time to relocate. + 2 Votes In my 50's johndesd December 22, 2012 at 8:24am PST I'm in my early 50's and have more than a decade of career IT experience. I left aerospace in my late 30's to pursue IT as my 2nd career and spent 5 years on a helpdesk before breaking through to Network Ops at age 45. Spent the last 7 years in Network Integration and Infrastructure (primarily as a network admin) and I'm now looking to expand my skillset to SAN and BUR solutions. The reason why I chose IT as my 2nd career was due to the fluid and evolving nature of the field and the necessity to continually learn new technologies. It's never too late to start your career in IT and there are no missed windows other than the ones you close by not trying. Good luck! + 2 Votes too old to enter IT mcale54 December 22, 2012 at 9:28pm PST I was 55 when I decided to pursue a career in IT. I am 57 and working as a tier II network engineer for a telecom. It is very challenging to compete with the young guys, but I have never had an easy job that pays well. I am loving every moment of it. + 1 Votes Combining law with IT could be a good thing Michael Jay December 23, 2012 at 8:47am PST a lot of companies are looking for that combination in the security role, no you are not too old, perhaps too young but age should not be a consideration. + 1 Votes Have you considered doing something else with your qualifications? Flawless Cowboy December 23, 2012 at 4:28pm PST I mean something less conventional, perhaps along the lines of a startup, an innovative website or service etc. etc. It's not for everybody and probably wouldn't be the best idea for a person with a mortgage, young family or other personal commitments that require a steady paycheck, but if you're that way inclined and the thought of working in a cubicle farm fills you with dread, it may be worth considering the less orthodox possibilities. + 2 Votes Yes you CAN :-) terryhugill December 23, 2012 at 4:32pm PST I don't see any barrier for you other than your level of passion. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master anything. Are you willing to put those hours in? If so I don't see any theoretical limit. As has been intimated you will have to start in an entry level permission but if you have the desire, that should not be a problem. A lad I know started (admittedly a few years earlier) with no qualifications two years a go. He showed tremendous passion, took a pay cut from his well paid but under fulfilling admin role, he has passed some MS qualifications and is now a thoroughly reliable and respected member of second line support. + 2 Votes Mind set- not the age that counts kumailhussain December 23, 2012 at 7:48pm PST Age is not the limit Aptitude + Attitude sets your altitude + 0 Votes Never too old... mkelley_25 December 23, 2012 at 10:39pm PST I think that your mindset is more important than your age. With my AS degree in programming, I had gone as far as I could go as I couldn't even get interviews at some places. I finished my BS degree in Computer Science at age 36 (graduating "*** laude"), and have been working in IT Management ever since. I had to put in VERY long hours as I was working full time and going to school full time, but when questions about my ability to "do the job" came up, I was able to respond to those questions by pointing out how hard I was working. The combination of my new degree and how hard I had to work to get it was far more important to those interviewing me than my age.