One of the biggest things I caution folks with when considering software dev is this:
This field moves very fast, so you need to be constantly learning. You need to be okay with that and willing to bucket time for learning. This is probably easiest if you're super passionate about programming, but development can also just be a really solid job even if you aren't passionate... but go into it with eyes open that you'll have to invest significant time each year keeping up with your learning.
I also agree 100% with @aspittel
, your former work and experience can be a huge boon. The further you go in software development the more important your ability to communicate & work with folks who are not themselves developers.
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