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I.T Career Average Age

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by TheWelshOne, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. TheWelshOne

    TheWelshOne New Member

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    After deciding to and study for a career in I.T I was wondering what the average age is for a person to start a career in I.T.

    Thanks
    TheWelshOne
     
  2. parman05

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    I will start as soon as I get a job. I just turned 26
     
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  3. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Depends what your education is ...

    straight out of school, after uni, after postgraduate or a late career change.

    I started when I came out of Uni at 24-25 (went down the Ph.D. route)
     
  4. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I am 30 now and started when I was around 24, I didn't go through the university route, I just had a real interest in IT and an agency rang me offering me a 1st line position, it was very very basic 1st line but gave me something for the CV to give me a step up.
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Started in IT at 17 after dropping out of college. I'm now almost 32, and I'd say I'm doing alright for myself in the IT world.

    I have to say though that along the way I've had my up's and down's, thinking 'why do I bother?' but ultimately I enjoy what I do and the environment I work in.
     
  6. TheWelshOne

    TheWelshOne New Member

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    I'm 29 wanting to start a career in I.T, do you consider my age to be a problem?
     
  7. Mr_Cellophane

    Mr_Cellophane Nibble Poster

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    I must have been about 31 when I "fell" into IT. Plenty of people I work with started later in life.
     
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  8. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I was 25 when i started my first IT job
     
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  9. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    I was 19 when I got my first job in IT.

    I don't see being 29 an issue at all, if you work hard and have a real passion for IT then you'll soon be overtaking those who don't.
     
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  10. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Not at all, IT is one of the more "forgiving" fields when it comes to establishing a career.
     
  11. aushus

    aushus Byte Poster

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    the more older you are the mature you are

    so its good to be old.

    Lot of people who started old excelled and grew in I.T much faster than the new fresh young I.T starters.
     
  12. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    That's a very bold statement, Lol.
     
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  13. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

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    I started out after uni when I was 22, my wife started in IT when she was 28 or 29.
     
  14. jvanassen

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    I started this year and im 24 :D
     
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  15. Mikeyboy

    Mikeyboy Kilobyte Poster

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    I got my first IT job at age 28 I think... 31 now so still quite a newbie :D
     
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  16. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Part Time: 18
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    Currently: Just about to turn 31
     
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  17. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    For me, it was about the 22 or 23 year old mark. This was after 5 years trying to get into IT and well before the recession that just passed.
     
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  18. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I got good A levels but decided I didn't want to go to uni so flitted around various jobs for temp agencies before getting my 1st IT job when I was 20. Pretty much 22-27 was spent doing my degree part time while I worked in IT. I'd recommend this route to anyone as I effectively had the best of both (minus the 3 years being drunk and partying ha ha!)
     
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  19. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Started after university when I was 21, now 38.
     
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  20. andylad9

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    stopped filming weddings at 26, studied A+ & N+ and got first IT 27, now 28 and 6months old. Got another 30+ years in a IT career so plenty of time.
     
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    WIP: deciding now...
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