re: What's your advice to someone over the age of 30 considering a career in software development? VIEW POST

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I'm right of the middle of this, having spent a decade as a graphic designer. If I had started this then, I would have gone head first, moved home and went to full time school or something similar. But the reality of having a family with two kids under three means I have to be more thoughtful in my approach.

That said, I have the advantage of knowing what I want and having the drive to focus to get it. Back then, I would have been to shy to even post something like this, let alone seeking direct help to hit my goals.
My limited advice breaks down to a few things:

  • Reach out for guidance, help and mentorship.
  • Your experience is relevant, so don't be afraid to go after something before you think you might be ready.
  • Always be learning (something that will never stop) and coding. The more you do it, the more confident you'll be.
  • Set a path stick to it. With so many languages, frameworks, methodologies, etc, it's easy to get distracted by development as a thing rather than learning it as skill (I'm still guilty of this, you can do this later).
  • Don't neglect your family, friends and self . If you're anything like me, so much of the reason is for my family so I don't want to lose sight of that.

Now, I'm not even fully in development yet, but these are some of the things I've kept in mind that have helped me. It's easy to lose focus when you're trying to learn anything new, let along something as big as a career!

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