| ||Ask HN: Going back to programming|
74 points by teekay on Oct 5, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 57 comments |
|I'd like to get opinions on whether going back to programming as a career in my late 30s is a good idea or not.|
I was a web programmer in the first four years of my career; however then I thought I could make more money doing things like project management and spent the next ten years pushing paper.
I've done a couple of side projects in the meantime as the thought of going back to programming has kept coming back. I even attempted to do a SaaS startup but failed to get any traction.
Anyways, at this point I'm sick of pushing paper and want to go programming full-time. A few things are holding me back though:
* I can't leverage the last 10 years of my career; it would basically become a lost decade for me
* my technical skills are rusty; I'd have to most likely get a huge pay cut and start at a junior-level position
* I think recruiters are going to give me a weird look, meaning I'd most likely have to overcome additional barriers when seeking a job
So far all of the above is speculation on my part as I really don't know what I would be getting into. I'd appreciate honest opinions going either way as I have to choose my moves wisely, having a family and all.
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