It’s never too late to start training for a job in IT.
Dear Molly: I am 53 years old and love to work with computers. At this ripe old age, I want to go the limits of learning HTML programming, Visual Basic 6, C++ and networking. I am currently taking some courses at the local junior college and some I’m doing on my own. Do you think I am too old and foolish to pursue these studies so I can find a job in these fields in the near future? Thanks.
Molly says: Go for it! Don’t let your age hold you back –we need as many good programmers and other kinds of IT workers as we can get. As to finding a job when you’re ready, it’s illegal to discriminate in the hiring world on the basis of someone’s age. Knowing this will help you keep your head up going in to the field; expect to be treated the same as everyone else. So, follow your heart and do what you enjoy.
There is a Web site I’d like you to check out: it’s called Endeavour Web (with the “u”) (www.endeavour-web.org/) and it was built and is maintained by senior citizens in Australia who are members of the Endeavour Seniors Computer Club. Most of the members of this club are sixty years old and older. The site also contains links to other Web sites all over the world created by people older than you. You’ll be able to find plenty of inspiration by visiting this site and others like it –and maybe even a few mentors, if you want them.
Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. To ask a career-related question, reach her at [email protected]