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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by double_decca, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. double_decca

    double_decca New Member


    I am 54 years old and am looking to change career from Mechanical Engineering to IT.

    I am studying A+ and Network+, using a self study method, which I think is perferrable.

    Is this too late...

    Certifications: MCP: 70-270
    WIP: A+, Network+, Linux+
  2. mackie

    mackie Nibble Poster


    I am 52 years old and am working on my A+ so no, I don't think you are ever too old! I suppose as well it depends what you want to do in the future. I work in retail and also have a small accounting practice. I decided to do A+ as an "add on" to my business because accounting and I.T. go hand in hand. Either way go for it and good luck. Interesting to see that you are doing Linux+. I have dual booted my laptop with Linux Mint and reckon it is a fantastic system.

    Certifications: IAB, Sage 50, MOUS and MCP
    WIP: A+
  3. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Eh? You on the wind up mate? :)
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  4. JK2447
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    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

    You are never too old to do most things in life I firmly believe, obviously my olympic sprinting days are behind me but you get what I mean. The only thing I would say is that if you want to make the move, take it very seriously, as this is your livelihood we're talking about. If at any stage you're having doubts I'd re-evaluate your motivations for changing careers. If you're loving it and giving 110%, that's all anyone can ask for and all you can ask of yourself, at any age.

    I personally love IT and wouldn't entertain anything else, hopefully you'll be the same. Good luck sir
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  5. double_decca

    double_decca New Member

    Hi Robert,

    I use Ubuntu Linux rather than Windows.

    But I have passed 70-270 and have some experience of a part time computer business repairing hardware and software in customers homes, which invariably was Windows based machines. But that was 5 years ago, I have kept my hand in... so to speak.

    The main reason for the career change, is that I have to travel 130 miles to work and IT is easier than Mechanical Engineering, in my opinion.

    I will get the Comptia Certitication passed before October and see what that does for me, I do not want to sit on a Helpdesk, so may restart my own business again.

    Certifications: MCP: 70-270
    WIP: A+, Network+, Linux+
  6. Coupe2T

    Coupe2T Megabyte Poster

    Whilst I understand you not wanting to sit on a helpdesk, I would defo advise you do it, at least for a bit, it will really show you what to expect from the sector and also give you invaluable experience. If you are still intent on doing your own business beyond that, then fair enough, but you should defo get some proper enterprise experience before hand. IMO that is of course.
    Certifications: ECDL, Does that Count!?!

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