180% Career Change at your thirties

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  1. ElPaquito

    ElPaquito White Belt

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    I'm 32, whole my life i
     
  2. FierceRedBelt

    FierceRedBelt Red Belt

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    CPE for the loss.

    Lots of work in hardware security though.
     
  3. FyrFytr998

    FyrFytr998 Too many pots on the stove.

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  4. Conrad

    Conrad .........

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    Do. It.

    If you are passionate about computer Engineering then do to. Why waste time in a soulless job that doesn't stimulate you?

    "Choose a job you love and never have to work a day" Confucius.



    I don't think that always applies but I agree with the basic premise. On an easy semester try to find a job or create something that you can point to as job experience. 30 isn't that old these days.

    Change before you find yourself 50
     
  5. Conrad

    Conrad .........

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    I have wanted to switch from social work to fire fighting. Seems out of reach for me at this point
     
  6. Amerikuracana

    Amerikuracana Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    I worked in sales and gym management/ownership throughout my 20's. For some reason I decided I wanted to finish my BA and then get a PB degree of some kind.. I've been poor for over 2 years now and my kids are getting mad about it, but I'm close.
     
  7. Wrath621

    Wrath621 Account Retired

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    Made my change at 38
     
  8. DoctorTaco

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    Made mine at 29. Good for you TS
     
  9. superking

    superking Poet — Traveler — Soldier of Fortune

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    I have a degree in computer science, and have been in the tech industry since 2006.

    Lately, I've been thinking of getting out of the industry. I find it tedious, boring, and quite unfulfilling.
     
  10. King of Fists

    King of Fists Mobile Platinum Member

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    Weird, Im the opposite. Bounced around a bunch of odd jobs and got my comp sci. degree at age 32. Been in the industry 5 yrs and love it. What do u do exactly if I may ask?
     
  11. superking

    superking Poet — Traveler — Soldier of Fortune

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    I started out as a DBA in private industry fresh out of college, did that for a year. Then I got a cherry state government gig as a computer analyst, the title is ambiguous but I'm essentially a Web services programmer.
     
  12. Josh

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    180% change? Just don't go into math brah.
     
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  13. robotsonic

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    TS you just jumped into a phd without any BSc/MSc in the field? That's kind of...odd.

    If you just want to get a qualification that will get you into the industry a phd is overdoing it. You can do a masters in a year at most places, and it's more than sufficient to get on the ladder. Phds are usually for guys who are purely interested in the theory side in my experience, most phds I've met have little experience of the 'real world' as they are mostly cruising about in academia
     
  14. Harbinger

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    Which is hilarious because math is a Hugh part of compSci.
     
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  16. Liquid Smoke

    Liquid Smoke Great artists steal™

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    Depends on your motivation, talent, and family responsibilities. If you're smart, willing to bust ass, single, and are able to weather the few years w/o income then do it.
     
  17. NurseKnuckles

    NurseKnuckles My Mom's stronger than you belt

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  18. Tankeray

    Tankeray The Progeny of Beast of Woe

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    I'm about to turn 30 and thinking about doing this, how long did it take to get your degree?
     
  19. Old Man

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    Go for it, mid-30s is not that old. You can still have a 30+ year career in your new field.
     
  20. FwappyEnding

    FwappyEnding Brown Belt

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    And the mod won. :(
    I'm in the middle of this very debate right now. I make good money at my current gig and would take a significant cut to do what I want to do, but I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth the money to be happier with my 'work'.
     

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