nin96932 wrote:So I'm 31, always been a very hard worker, but have always kind of taken the "safe" route in life and never really took a chance and challenged myself too much, gotten out of my comfort zone.
I've been a laborer for years, but have always dreamed of being in the "tech field" if you will. I was originally going to go to Oregon State with a couple buddies for Computer Programming right out of HS, but took a different route instead and have regretted it since.
I have a buddy who is a Senior iOS developer for Nike and through my few chats with him(I get to see him about once a year now) I've grown interested in trying to get into that field.
I know there are a ton of free online resources for stuff, but I'm just curious if anybody had any suggestions on how to build a "base", get my toes wet, if you will. Instead of just trying to jump right into learning Objective-C.
I guess I have a bit of fear too, feel sort of like an old man(silly I know) jumping into a field with a bunch of fresh-minded early 20 year old kids.
Any thoughts, or suggestions would be absolutely fantastic!
I know nothing about getting into tech fields, but I do know about 'changing horses in the middle of the stream.'
First thing: If you're not happy doing whatever you're doing...change it. I decided in my early 50's to go to college and earn a paralegal degree...after being a bartender for 18+ years. For me it was a great choice. And trust me, I'm no genius.
Did I find it intimidating, going to school with folks younger than my children? Nah. What I found was my life's experiences and my work ethics, helped me immensely and enabled my to stay in the top 10% of my class, Also understand, I dropped out of HS at 16, and had no computer experience whatsoever...expect maybe running a cash register.
If you're serious, your experience and knowledge of how to get a job done should help you a great deal.
Go for it! Don't wait another 15 years! Even if you fail, you'll know you gave it your best shot, which IMHO, is way better than 20 years down the road wondering, "If only I'd...
Again, if I could do it, anyone with half a brain, and lots of desire can do it! Do it!
In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade.........