Any chance at pursuing a career in IT at 35?

By OU812! ·
I am 35, almost 36 and took the time off of work (the only jobs I were getting were very low level admin stuff - office work) to get my BS in Computer Networking and Security. I am still a full-time student and should be done in about a year. Most of my IT experience is in sales support, customer support and roles that are sort of low level - more on the business side of IT.

I feel as if I am running out of time or have "missed my window" even though I am almost finished my degree and hold a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP, and MCDST.

Has anyone experienced the same feeling? Is my future as a high-level engineering not so bright? Should I focus more in the business aspects of IT? The only other field I am interested in is Law and have placed top of my class in every law class I have taken.

I know there are so many roles out there in IT but just can't seem to grasp what may a good fit for me.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks TR fans.

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by Flawless Cowboy In reply to Mind set- not the age th ...

I have that calendar too.

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Never too old...

by mkelley_25 In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

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.

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You are never too old to do anything

by douglasadd In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

I am 57 and like many of the posters I too am involved in IT, but more to do with business process and analysis and have been since 2001. I have owned three companies over my career and when the size got too big for my liking I sold them.
However, I will say that I was having trouble getting a 'job' in IT when I was in my early fifties, so I incorporated again as a consulting company and have never looked back. I have many different clients and I set my own rates - much better than a 'job'. Don't be afraid to step out on your own - the current economy is forcing this - just make sure you do your due diligence and keep things simple to start, work from home and no employees.
One is only old if they think they are.

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Sure You Can

by johnd161 In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

I am a perfect example. I didn't get into IT untill I was 40 years old. I am now almost 62 and have been at it all this time. I was working in Customer Service in the 80's and had an interest in PC's and computing. I started reading everything I could get my hands on. After that I started asking questions with the systems guy where I worked. (IBM systems 3 Before I knew it I asked if I could help. It was a career after that. A lot of devotion and time, but it was worth it. You find your nitch and work on it. I have had 3 different jobs now I have been working at the last one for 9 years. I do a little of everything from networking to systems admin on the I series.
So it is possible.
So don't be discouraged.

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Get experience under your belt

by Juanita Marquez In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

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.

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Why Not... Age is no barrier

by nih_nay In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

Till the age of 48 I had not even touched a computer. The I came across software development. Got interested into the same and since last 14 years I am in software development, It is highly satisfying - both work satisfactionwise and financially.
Go thru the Tech Republic article: :"10 signs that aren't cutout for IT" answer the questions honestly for your self and you will have the answer. Age has nothing to do with it. Mindset is necessary

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Too Old? It's all in the mind

by mikejkemp In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

With every year now the Standard Retirement Age gets further away - and I'm still devising and managing data and databases, and many 'true IT staff' still ask for information. It's some of the most enjoyable work I have ever done (I've designed bits for vehicles, welding equipment and printing, predicted reliability, assessed quality, Identified Training Needs, sold and delivered training, started using Pcs when they had names like Apple, PET, and Apricot, trained peolpe to use them) but making software work for people is the best!

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It's never too late for a career change

by goedpaul In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

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!

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Career in IT

by dezrtluver In reply to Any chance at pursuing a ...

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

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