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Looking to start career in IT at 46 years old

I am looking to make a career move, and the IT field is what I want to do.

For weeks, I have been reading everything I can find on the subject and need some advice as to where to begin. I am 46 years old and am ready to make a major career change. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Gosh! That's a really big decision you're making. Because you didn't tell me anything about your prior education or work history, I'm not sure what to tell you about preparing yourself for possible work in IT. I'd urge you to explore some job possibilities and try your best to get a sense of what kind of IT work interests you most. Since this kind of work usually requires some degree of technical skill and knowledge, if not a high degree thereof, your next step should be to work on learning and developing such skills and knowledge. My advice would to be investigate educational offerings and relevant IT certification programs as two ways to help you get yourself in a position to compete for the job of your dreams.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific with additional recommendations because I don't know enough about your situation or your goals to say much more myself. If you'd care to fill in some of the blanks, I'll be happy to comment further. Good luck!

This was first published in October 2003

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