| ||I'm 28 and frustrated – can I still have programming career?|
20 points by comatory on July 31, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 39 comments |
|For past two or three years I have felt very unfulfilled. I have background in video production/editing (Avid, Final Cut, After Effects) with 6+ years of experience, including national TV broadcast.
But for past 4 years that I was employed I wasn't feeling very happy, it took energy out of me. I was so unhappy that I quit my current job few months ago and relocated to Canada to clear my head.
Now that I'm working as a labourer in construction I realize how easy I had it in my old job (I had own office, good salary, recognized by peers etc).|
But I wanna enter IT industry, I've been around computers all my life (started on Commodore 64). Since I was 13 I dabbled with web development and I can set up blogs/static sites pretty easily. In January I started to learn to program in Python which you could say was my first real programming experience (I guess HTML, CSS doesn't count).
It's going slow since I do it after work, I don't know anyone now who's a programmer so I go to SO all the time.
Now I'm 28, doing manual labour and dreaming about being a developer. I am just worried that I'm not gonna cut it ... I cannot afford to go study computer science but I have motivation to learn on my own.
I would be SO happy if I could do some entry-level programming. I'd be grateful for all the boring stuff programmers complain about - I'd even take smaller salary just to have experience (but I need to earn to pay for rent).
I just don't know how to do it. I'm feeling kind of scared and depressed about life.
TL;DR I really want to become programmer but I am worried it's too late for me.
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