30 too late to join tech?

Uber / Eng

Uber Eng

Capital One
Jul 31, 2018 17 Comments

Asking for a friend. Would you feel intimidated/unwelcome in tech as a junior programmers at the age of 30 as a minority female?


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TOP 17 Comments
  • I'm starting my first SWE job at Google in two weeks. Age 40 😀
    Jul 31, 2018 4
    • Awesome mooncalf. All the best.
      Jul 31, 2018
    • Fitbit Anchorman
      Congrats and good luck. 🍺
      Jul 31, 2018
    • Salesforce Miyfdz
      Would like to know more about your journey
      Jul 31, 2018
    • Sure thing, I've told it a couple times here, so I just copied the below from an old thread:

      I'm an attorney that switched to SWE. Decided to make the change about 4 years ago now. Took community college courses in programming at night while still running my law office. Worked at a data center for 3 years doing tech support, but did contests in my free time. Had a really good ranking on HackerRank, Google noticed and asked me if I wanted to interview. Start there next month 😀
      Jul 31, 2018
  • Salesforce QlTT41
    I’ve seen folks join after grad school and they’re pretty close to 30 and fairly junior. It’d be climb but doable I think
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Credit Karma / Eng ${}
    Yeah, I'd feel intimidated. Esp, w/ people younger as senior devs. It's possible though. They'd just have to own who they are and what they want out of life.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Uber / Other

    Uber Other

    I started as a DS 1 at 33. Depending on dress and attitude, people might assume you’re younger since everyone else around is so young.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng

    Microsoft Eng

    Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber, Lyft
    No as long as she is open minded. I know someone who changed his career to tech in his late 30s. He's always been telling me that he's having a blast because there's always so much to learn.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Gusto Beiwoej
    No. Btw we’re hiring. And your friend wouldn’t be a minority female.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Facebook fhakfywbsk
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Norfolk Southern fUOg25
    Its never too late. Just start out as an analyst and work up to manager then director. It’s a pretty fast transition if you know what you’re talking about.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft cherrybomb
    Definitely doable. If you are analytical and hungry for learning new things, it's not too late. There are quite a few people who joined tech later in life. They tend to have a very good attitude and maturity, and tech is fresh for them. Finding the right team that will make you feel welcome matters a lot.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft nutsac
    No. All you need is the analytical skills. Rest is easy to learn
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    McGraw-Hill Education
    Sounds like a bunch of oldies are chiming in. 30 is the new 60 in tech. Take the bus home to the senior center and let us youngins hold together the real game.

    But seriously, the only age limit if the one you put on yourself. Plenty of devs in their 30s. Plenty even older.
    Aug 1, 2018 0
  • Zulily Awesomeme
    I have two colleagues who are 30+ and have joined us as SDE1 from boot camp. It was initially difficult for them from what I heard as all our team are < 30 years and our manager is 27. But as time went be that never became a thing of concern as per them.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng QiLuLu
    Asking for a friend...
    Jul 31, 2018 0


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