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Age 53 and I'm studying for a college placement test scheduled for Monday.

The VA thinks I need to change jobs (something less physical) so wants to send me back to school. I guess we'll see how it goes.

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Good luck with that mike, might have to do the same thing soon as my back has given out on me at 51yrs. what will you be studying if you do get in
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After vocational testing, they said engineering. The 3 choices I came up with were: (1)Computer programmer (Software Engineer), (2) Systems Administrator (Systems Engineer), (3) Network Administrator (Network Engineer).

I worked in IT in the early 90's doing all 3- computer hardware, applications and OS programming, network and server admin, etc. I was good at it, but then I quit and became a Carpenter. I kept up personally. Now in trying to get back into IT professionally, they tell me I have lots of experience, but no degrees or certifications.

The contract tester/consultant said I need a 4 year degree and that's what he recommended. But the VA counselor, said she "thinks" just a 2 year degree, because she thinks I'm "too old" for the IT field. I'm trying to change her mind.

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I got my Class 4 power engineering ticket at age 55. I finished the course with a 94 average. It's like riding a bicycle.

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You guys are too brainy for me , especially when it comes to IT . it's the intellegence part that gets me every time
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Hi Mike, I have been in Tech since 1978. Based on what I have seen over the past 10 years, I would shy away from programming as most of that entry level work is being outsourced to India and only the very senior programmers are still working in the US.

Networking and Storage are growth sectors to explore, particularly, network security. I went back and got my B.S. degree at age 46 in technical management and I am now a technical program manager at a major storage networking company.

Also, unless you are willing to relocate, check out what IT related jobs are in your area and focus your studies around the local demand. I have seen too many people go off and get a degree and then can't find work in their geography and are unwilling to relocate.

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The contract tester/consultant said I need a 4 year degree and that's what he recommended. But the VA counselor, said she "thinks" just a 2 year degree, because she thinks I'm "too old" for the IT field. I'm trying to change her mind.
I found out long ago that the 2 year schools actually provide more training than the 4 years schools. And, of course, there is a big however. This however is, that a LOT of places won't even consider hiring people with 2 year degrees. A bank I worked for had a personnel guy that would trash can applications from 2 year degree holders without even looking at them. But at the same time would be willing to consider 4 year degree holders with maybe one a semester or two of computer science. It ain't fair, but sometimes that's life.

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Good luck on all this Mike.
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Great news, Mike; best of luck, eh!
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