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Can (should) one start an IT career now?

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Can (should) one start an IT career now?

jimgetten
Is this a good time to consider starting an IT career? If so, what's the best place to start? I am 57 and have reached a point in my working life that I feel I should look for something new. I don't want to retire (ever) and I will eventually be to old to keep doing what I've done for 32 years (trucking). Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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    ShoePhone

    Have you been dabbling in computers for the last 10 years? Have a home network and enjoy helping solve computer problems for friends and family? Are you looking to turn a hobby into a career? If not, I think it might be a difficult time to start from scratch.

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    mcompton81

    I am in a very similar situation. I have been in Telecom for the last 30 years and am 50yrs old. I have been messing with computers since DOS. I work on friends and family PC's all the time. Virus's, hard drive recoveries, whatever. I just enjoy working with computer, but I need to get out of the PBX area and would like to get into IT. Just not sure where to start. A+ cert or what? I think I would enjoy programming type work as well, but not sure where to start there either. JAVA, C, C++, .NET???
    I don't have a lot of time and money to spend 2 or more years in school and trying to keep my family supported as well. I would like to do as much self study as possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    robo_dev

    somebody smart once said that.

    I would first do a lot of research about what type of IT job you want, and what type of company you want to work for, then assess what training/certs you need to get your skills up to spec.

    I would not just start jumping on certifications without some clear picture as to what you would do with that cert.

    I don't want to discourage you, but the jobs picture for entry-level IT folks with an A+ or some limited programming skills is not a rosy picture.

    My advice would be to leverage your experience and wisdom on voice communications as much as possible. You know more than you think you know, and your best bet in IT might be some sort of a managerial or telecom consulting position, as this requires more judgement/wisdom and fewer specific IT skills.

    That would be the key to making a jump without having to start over, salary wise.

    My guess would be that a company, such as Cisco or Nortel, could use somebody who knows the legacy stuff, either to be able to help customers migrate to newer technology, or to help product developers make products with the voice/communication features the customers want.

    Of course that's my opinion, I could be wrong

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    mcompton81

    I will take any and all suggestions. That's why I am here, to try and figure out where I'm going. Just does not seem to be much at all out there in the Telecom field and I know the traditional PBX will be dried up and buried before I need to retire, and I just have a genuine love for working on/with computers. It's a hobby and it's always great to be able to make money doing a "hobby".

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    ThumbsUp2

    Often, they're in desperate need of IT help and don't necessarily require certificates or even formal IT education to get into an entry level position. But, be forewarned, these positions don't pay as high as what you can get in the public sector.

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    jimgetten

    Thanks for taking the time to reply!

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    ShoePhone

    Have you been dabbling in computers for the last 10 years? Have a home network and enjoy helping solve computer problems for friends and family? Are you looking to turn a hobby into a career? If not, I think it might be a difficult time to start from scratch.

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    mcompton81

    I am in a very similar situation. I have been in Telecom for the last 30 years and am 50yrs old. I have been messing with computers since DOS. I work on friends and family PC's all the time. Virus's, hard drive recoveries, whatever. I just enjoy working with computer, but I need to get out of the PBX area and would like to get into IT. Just not sure where to start. A+ cert or what? I think I would enjoy programming type work as well, but not sure where to start there either. JAVA, C, C++, .NET???
    I don't have a lot of time and money to spend 2 or more years in school and trying to keep my family supported as well. I would like to do as much self study as possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    robo_dev

    somebody smart once said that.

    I would first do a lot of research about what type of IT job you want, and what type of company you want to work for, then assess what training/certs you need to get your skills up to spec.

    I would not just start jumping on certifications without some clear picture as to what you would do with that cert.

    I don't want to discourage you, but the jobs picture for entry-level IT folks with an A+ or some limited programming skills is not a rosy picture.

    My advice would be to leverage your experience and wisdom on voice communications as much as possible. You know more than you think you know, and your best bet in IT might be some sort of a managerial or telecom consulting position, as this requires more judgement/wisdom and fewer specific IT skills.

    That would be the key to making a jump without having to start over, salary wise.

    My guess would be that a company, such as Cisco or Nortel, could use somebody who knows the legacy stuff, either to be able to help customers migrate to newer technology, or to help product developers make products with the voice/communication features the customers want.

    Of course that's my opinion, I could be wrong

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    mcompton81

    I will take any and all suggestions. That's why I am here, to try and figure out where I'm going. Just does not seem to be much at all out there in the Telecom field and I know the traditional PBX will be dried up and buried before I need to retire, and I just have a genuine love for working on/with computers. It's a hobby and it's always great to be able to make money doing a "hobby".

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    ThumbsUp2

    Often, they're in desperate need of IT help and don't necessarily require certificates or even formal IT education to get into an entry level position. But, be forewarned, these positions don't pay as high as what you can get in the public sector.

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    jimgetten

    Thanks for taking the time to reply!