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My name is Seth Vargo, Engineer at HashiCorp, O'Reilly Author, Conference Speaker

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  • Am I to old to start a computer science degree?

    I am 23 years old and I have switched my career goal a lot. I was originally going into computer science but my dads friend recommended I not go into it, so i listened and went into nursing instead. Dropped out of nursing, and then went into business, now I am fed up with business, and want to pursue computer science. I already have a business diploma. My friend said I am too old to make it in software development. 1. What age is too old?2. How do I decide the university to go to?3. What can I expect for work life?4. What is the employment outlook? Like will I be able to get job?

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    1. No age is too old. It's a matter a will-power and determination. I had a 65 year old grandmother in one of my classes (undergrad)

    2. That's one of the most difficult decisions you will face. There are a number of factors to consider such as cost, location, climate, culture, reputation of the program, extra-cirrucluar, etc.

    3. I'm not sure what you mean by "work-life". Work life (aka culture) varies with company to company. Smaller organizations, especially startups, generally have a more relaxed tone, whereas larger organizations tend to have more rules and regulations. While that's an overgeneralization, the nice thing is - you get to choose!

    4. Without grades, academic history, projects, etc it's rather difficult to answer such a question. Ask us in 3 years when you're almost done with school ;)

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    Wow respect for the 65 year old grandmother. I really like this list Seth. I'm going to share this with my friend's uncle who's asked me about how serious "ageism" is in the industry.