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

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Transferable skills are a real thing and can give you a view that others may not have. Be creative with your previous experience and explore/demonstrate what you've learned and how it can apply to development.

I did exactly this. Was a dental tech until I was 32, then switched careers. Previous lab management experience helps me see more than just code - business needs, customer needs, training other employees, etc.

 

I've offered similar advice to others.

  1. Learning to code is something anyone can do if they find the activity at all engaging. (Even if you have to get over some humps before it clicks)

Then it becomes finding your place in the market as a hireable coder.

Position yourself as different from other "junior dev" candidates as someone with a decade in the workforce who is going to understand the dynamics of professional collaboration and will provide way more value than a comparably experienced software developer.

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