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    Hello PureOc this mat not be the perfect place to ask this but I am going to. I am a 43 year old automotive technician and I am completely done turning wrenches for a living. I would like to retask myself into the IT industry. Is this even feasible? Would I hire able after training at my age? Any opinions thoughts or ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by woomdawg View Post
    Hello PureOc this mat not be the perfect place to ask this but I am going to. I am a 43 year old automotive technician and I am completely done turning wrenches for a living. I would like to retask myself into the IT industry. Is this even feasible? Would I hire able after training at my age? Any opinions thoughts or ideas?
    it is feasible but it will be hard to break in to the field at your age, so if you and your family are up to the fight of breaking in to the IT world i say go for it, nothing is impossible just hard.

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    There are a ton of book techs out there. Experience is what is needed and what they are looking for. Good luck.

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    Hey Scott, when you have a chance email me. Thanks
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    Can be hard to do. Absolutely do NOT quit your current job, or put it in jeopardy, until you have a firm job offer in the new field. Realize that tech fields are ideally seeking candidates with existing prior experience even in lower-level positions, or at least appropriate formal education; book learning probably won't suffice. I suggest you make it a background (albeit serious) effort. Attend evening classes acquiring the requisite formal education. Study the requirements of posted job opportunities and tailor your schooling. You will need to seriously focus. Age can be a positive factor if the hiring manager is looking for maturity in the candidate; not so if he/she wants a young up-and-comer.

    One exception - if you have sufficient informal hands-on knowledge and experience to be a computer technician (both hardware and software troubleshooting / repair), you can potentially get a starter position at places like Staples. Meaning you might or might not (depending on individual store managers) run into the formal education barrier. That kind of slot can be a stepping-stone to other IT opportunities elsewhere. But realize that a portion of that job will also be acting as a sales person "up selling" gear and services and warranties to customers.

    When applying in person anywhere ... exhibit energy and excitement in the job opportunity, be personable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroChill View Post
    Can be hard to do. Absolutely do NOT quit your current job, or put it in jeopardy, until you have a firm job offer in the new field. Realize that tech fields are ideally seeking candidates with existing prior experience even in lower-level positions, or at least appropriate formal education; book learning probably won't suffice. I suggest you make it a background (albeit serious) effort. Attend evening classes acquiring the requisite formal education. Study the requirements of posted job opportunities and tailor your schooling. You will need to seriously focus. Age can be a positive factor if the hiring manager is looking for maturity in the candidate; not so if he/she wants a young up-and-comer.

    One exception - if you have sufficient informal hands-on knowledge and experience to be a computer technician (both hardware and software troubleshooting / repair), you can potentially get a starter position at places like Staples. Meaning you might or might not (depending on individual store managers) run into the formal education barrier. That kind of slot can be a stepping-stone to other IT opportunities elsewhere. But realize that a portion of that job will also be acting as a sales person "up selling" gear and services and warranties to customers.

    When applying in person anywhere ... exhibit energy and excitement in the job opportunity, be personable.
    Thanks man. Yes going to school is the only way I see making it in this industry. I have had some formal training I did my A+ class back around 1998, but at that time I was not focused in life enough to follow through with it. What I do for a living now is highly technical, it may not seem that way to an outsider but it is. It is just a slightly different technical is all. In the hobby I have all sorts of experience whether it is OS level with windows or linux and hardware. I feel like my hard work and mind are being wasted right now I hate my job and zero ambition. I work till I am exhausted and that is on a good day.
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