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Career change, Breaking into software engineering?

Erik Bloom
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Hello, I am currently enrolled in an accredited state school, BS Computer Science program (Senior) I am 39 yrs old and currently work as an airline pilot. I am thinking about breaking out of aviation due to turmoil in the aviation industry like, low pay (for responsibility), crappy schedule that keeps you away from family for long streches and living in hotels is getting old. So my question is, can someone start a computer career (software engineering) at 40 that will give you a livable wage? Any suggestions about a possible path from here would be great. I also would be able to transfer over to the Math program with the same amount of classes left. Would a Math degree (Pure) be looked at more favorably than a CS degree? I currently am proficient with Python, Java and semi-proficient with C++. Thanks in advance!
arulk pillai
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Always the first job is the hardest. So, my advise would be to get an entry level job before doing any courses. Even volunteer work has greater potential to open more doors than courses and certifications.


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Deepak Bala
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Hi Erik,

Have you thought about being a business analyst ? Since you have knowledge about the aviation domain your skills might be of use there. As for making the switch there are many roles that are available within software. Do you want to be a programmer / tester / business analyst / <insert another role here>.


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Joe Harry
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Deepak Bala wrote:Hi Erik,

Have you thought about being a business analyst ? Since you have knowledge about the aviation domain your skills might be of use there. As for making the switch there are many roles that are available within software. Do you want to be a programmer / tester / business analyst / <insert another role here>.


That's a good suggestion I would say.


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