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I am 37 years old starter.

I want to learn to code but the fact that I am 37 is embarrassing and scares me a bit. Have a few questions: -am I not too old for this? -can I learn self-paced? -is it possible to find job if I go this way or University degree is necessary?

1/23/2018 10:39:53 PM

Valdemar Semcuk

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when u get over with your " I m too old dilemma" ,please ask questions like how to get started? wat choices to mk? how much dedication required ? what are the milestones to get a job? how can this community help reach there? I know of 2 single moms here , both with a teen daughter, one started programming few months back and is currently working on her paid version of android app in playstore, other is an accomplished programmer but still learns everyday and building her own OS from scratch as a hobby project.

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As the first 2 parts of your question have been answered extensively, I will address the 3rd as a team leader and hiring manager. Basically, while secondary education is very much appreciated by HR (Human Resources), it is not a guarantee once you make it to interviewing a hiring manager and team leader. They are there to ensure that you know your concepts well enough. Basically they want to know if you are a good fit for the position and team. HR's decision doesn't weigh as much compared to the others you may interview. However, don't lie to HR! If you don't meet every requirement they ask about, be honest. I have interviewed a number of well-rounded candidates who I would love to have a part of my teams, but when HR tells me that they found some inconsistency in their answers, I begin to question if they weren't honest about who they are, what else were they lying about? This leads to a disqualification from me. Can those without secondary education get work? Absolutely! With good experience and a hard-working mentality, you can get anywhere. This won't get you into the door of every company, but don't let that stop you.

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No, you are not too old, there are no age restrictions😊 Yes. If you have questions, you can ask them here, in Q&A section. In general, it is possible. Employers pay more attention to your skills than to degree. https://www.sololearn.com/discuss/217926/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/discuss/1006153/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/discuss/527664/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/discuss/164519/?ref=app

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I am 40 and started to learn at 37. Felt exactly like you and you know what? I wasted too much time worrying instead of learning so... Now I worry less and study more and my coding skills have gotten seriously better... So follow my advice if you like it and if you enjoy coding who the hell cares about how old you are... Code more worry less that's my advice

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Age is just a number, it's your willingness, passion and hard-working.

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We've had beginners of an older age. You're certainly not the first, and will not be the last. ;>

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@Valdemar Semcuk, it depends on the position you are applying for. They can ask to solve problem in your programming language, ask questions about the basics of the language, about algorithms...

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Hell, guys I get unswers here much faster then I would get one on Facebook😜. Really big community here. Really nice.

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I feel the same thing. Im 35 and im not good at math but i love coding.

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no restrictions on age because... Obama ended at 40 and Trump started at 70.... i hope u have got me.......

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Age does not matter. Good luck😉

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37, i think he is too late 🤣🤣👍😉

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For Every Minute You Spend Debating Whether you can learn or cant You Could Be Learning

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Did you seen my AI project with python?

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As I understand this course can give knowledge given in University. https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x#.VNYLwvnF_0c

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Age does not matter ! Best of luck

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You can share your knowledge... And you can help others..

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That's great.

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@Jamie, yeah , I have been following them from some Time, their codes have always something new to learn. Moreover the accomplished programmer lady is like programming from early 90s I guess since she was a kid, I am still trying to study one of her recently shared code, that had few awesome features . I try to follow her posts too, to get some cool insights.

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I tried help you out... But... But... You didn't had pc..