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Technical careers are for people with passion... If you love it, you will be good at it. I give my recommendations for a career change.
I'm writing regarding career advice. I'm 55 and recently unemployed. We recently installed a fiber optics internet connection and a very helpful AT&T employee provided an online phone assistance in setting up our portable WiFi. My wife half jokingly said, "What don't you learn that?" I also have friend who was a systems engineer who was re-employed after a layoff with generous severance package and he has all kinds of career opportunities. I'm probably an above-average computer user, but by no means a computer jock. My question for you is that at my age with no prior experience do you think it would make sense for me to get some certification in some advanced IT discipline or is it strictly a career with young people with long experience? Any information or guidance that you would provide would be greatly appreciated.
In this excerpt from Answercast #30, I look at learning a skill in the technical field in your fifties... it's never too late to start learning if you love it!
So my opinion is that it's never, ever too late.
It's not just a young person's career; it's not just a career for someone with lots of experience. What it is: is a career for people with passion... and that's true for any career.
My focus when I was hiring people for Microsoft, and when I talk to people today, is mostly about passion.
If you love doing something, then you're probably going to enjoy doing it; spend more time doing it; and get better at doing it. So, it's hard for me to say, "No, don't bother," because definitely, a career change can happen at any point and time.
Obviously, I don't know your full skill set.
There's fundamental talents and abilities that, you might say, would be pre-requisites. But, with just fact that you're considering it... I certainly wouldn't rule it out just based on age.
I'm going to be 55 in just a couple of months and I just don't see a reason for ruling us out of any kind of career change.
So there's always time; there's always an ability to change your career and learn new things as long as:
A.) You believe that you can and,
B.) You really have a passion for what it is you're looking to do next.
So I would say, certainly, start investigating it.
I'm not big on certifications in general. I'm much more of a hands-on-learn-by-experience kind of person. I find certifications to be more of a form of book learning; which, when you get down to it... isn't really as helpful as having done the actual work.
So I would look for opportunities to start doing what you think you want to do. Start learning in that sense and take it from there.
But by no means, don't let your age get in the way! You know... you and I,
we're young! We've got lots of opportunities ahead of us and there's no reason
to think any other way. So best of luck to you!
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