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Any chance at pursuing a career in IT at 35?

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Juanita Marquez

Contracting, volunteering, fixing neighbor's virused machines - do whatever you can to get hands-on work and you can use the skills you learn to pad your resume. I personally favor contracting because it exposes you to a lot of different environments and situations, and if you really hate something you can terminate the assignment (I don't recommend that if at all possible, but the option is there) and if you land long-term work, it shows potential employers you are trustworthy, responsible and reliable - things that may seem like no-brainers but can be in short supply. I have also been hired on permanently at two companies through contract work. Just be willing and able to do whatever needs to be done, have a good attitude, and you will be valuable to a potential employer.