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Career Advice Wanted

 
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Hello,

I am looking for career advice. I just turned 35 and have been doing administration work (fixing desktops for a large gov agency) for the past 4 years and before that desktop tech for about 4 years. On paper I was in the the Security field as I patched security vulnerabilities on workstations, really admin work. I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Technology also. I just started another gov contract doing Information Security Officer work but want to get out of the gov work and desire to get into programming. I have no professional experience in programming and my general IT skills have floundered as gov work doesn't give me skills outside of the gov and essentially no real world skillset for programming. I enjoy programming but recruiters seem to thing a change to programming at this point in my life is outta the picture. I have been working on Python, Java, some Kotlin and alittle bit of JavaScript over the past 3 years. I am not an expert in programming but would say I am close to an intermediate level.

What advice would you give me?

What direction should I go?
 
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Erik Heath wrote:Hello,

I am looking for career advice. I just turned 35 and have been doing administration work (fixing desktops for a large gov agency) for the past 4 years and before that desktop tech for about 4 years. On paper I was in the the Security field as I patched security vulnerabilities on workstations, really admin work. I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Technology also. I just started another gov contract doing Information Security Officer work but want to get out of the gov work and desire to get into programming. I have no professional experience in programming and my general IT skills have floundered as gov work doesn't give me skills outside of the gov and essentially no real world skillset for programming. I enjoy programming but recruiters seem to thing a change to programming at this point in my life is outta the picture. I have been working on Python, Java, some Kotlin and alittle bit of JavaScript over the past 3 years. I am not an expert in programming but would say I am close to an intermediate level.

What advice would you give me?

What direction should I go?




Even I need a answer for the above question whether is it easy to switch to python n get hand on in 3 months?
 
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Sarah, I think it's best you start another topic describing your own personal situation.

Erik, welcome to CodeRanch!

I'm not sure I can give you good advice, as I've been in the workforce for a little bit over 5 years now and all at the same company.

My experience with recruiters is that you have to swat them away like flies at the mere mention of Java or .NET.

If you enjoy Java, I suggest you start working on a small Java EE or Spring web application. It can be about anything, from a turn based game you enjoy playing, to an online photoalbum, to an application to help you keep track of your finances while on the go. This will help you refresh your Java skills and will also prepare you for job interviews. Being able to build web application backends is probably the most sought after Java skill. It will also help you gauge the level of the position you want to apply for.

If you're good at programming but struggle with application design, you might want to apply for a junior programmer position. If you're comfortable designing multi-module applications from scratch, you could apply for a senior position.

I believe it's good advice to research what companies are near you that you might enjoy working for. Apply with them regardless of whether they have a job opening or not, because it shows you are interested in them and that you are proactive. Usually companies can always use another programmer.
 
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