35 w/MBA too late to switch to Coding?

PNC / Finance cgOo17
Jun 11 27 Comments

I'm 35 with an MBA and 10 years of experience in commercial banking underwriting. I'm interested in coding and data analytics but I have a mortgage and a family and I can't afford to spend $20K on a boot camp and start at a job making a lot less money. Is it worth trying to teach myself at night?

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  • Google
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    Never too late to leetcode
    Jun 11 1
  • Comcast G0ku
    Devil’s advocate: You’ll be kissing goodbye to FIRE dreams and working thru 50s assuming a successful transition. Are you OK with entry level salary at 36? Managers 10 years your juniors? I’d find a job in tech that doesn’t involve coding and uses your MBA/people skills
    Jun 11 2
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
      OP
      Thanks. I appreciate the feedback!
      Jun 11
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
      OP
      The way I figure it is that I'm going to be working though my 50s regardless. I fully expect to work until I'm 65. Which is why I am trying to find a career that I can enjoy rather than stick with something that is boring, not challenging, and doesn't utilize my aptitudes. If it turns out I can retire before that, great. If not, I got what I expected.
      Jun 11
  • Boot camp is a fucking scam; you can teach yourself all that on your own. If you've got no coding experience it definitely won't be easy, but you would be neither the first nor last to succeed if you did. The family and other obligations make it seem like it'd be really rough, though, not gonna lie.
    Jun 11 6
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
      OP
      Appreciate the feedback. Any advice on where to start? I've thought about Dataquest.io and freecodecamp.org. Any language I should start with or focus on! Python? Ruby? HTML?
      Jun 11
    • @Batistuta Depends on commitment and learning speed. If you want to do it fast, the hardest part about learning solo is being able to tell what is important information for now and what isn't. I would think a couple years for avg Joe.
      Jun 11
    • @PNC HTML isn't a programming language. More for structuring web pages. I suggest Python. Honestly a couple routes you could go. Could get a book and just follow the instruction and exercises. Could do an online course. Could sign up for an algorithms site (hackerrank, leetcode, codesignal etc) and do the easy/intro problems and Google as needed. Could forget about algorithms and just dive into a project and Google as needed.
      Jun 11
    • Taylor Farms Batistuta
      @sadlife how can i find out what’s important and what not?
      What if i quit my job and just code? Still 2 years?
      Jun 11
    • Taylor Farms Batistuta
      @PNC there is also a free course from Harvard on edx called CS50. You may wanna check it out
      Jun 11
  • Google 1227
    If you are 35 and you haven’t taught yourself programming by now, it’s probably not the best career option to start so late. Many start in their teens or earlier.
    Jun 11 0
  • Wayfair / Eng
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    If you want a degree the Georgia Tech CS masters online is pretty cheap. Illinois and ASU also have affordable options through Coursera.
    Jun 11 1
    • Google anons2
      Georgia tech is cheap, but it's not an entry level program. You would get roasted without any programming skills / several classes of pre-work
      Jun 11
  • Dropbox drl/
    Eh. May be better to go with a formal program in your situation. Software development is not an easy field to break into. Especially in 30's. Maybe look into program management or project management type roles?
    Jun 11 0
  • New / IT
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    Get Linux, use a Raspberry Pi. All compilers there. Great starting platform..IMHO
    Jun 11 1
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
      OP
      Thanks man!
      Jun 11
  • Instinet kolopolo
    Completely doable. Got my first DS + Dev gig @ 36 at a startup in Palo Alto. Self taught C++, later switched to JVM languages. Given your experience, startups would be a place to target as there is usually a need to perform multiple tasks until you find your niche. Do it now cause you'll be asking yourself the same question at 40 and in all likelihood, it will be harder than 35 to break in and study.
    Jun 11 1
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
      OP
      Thanks! Appreciate it!
      Jun 11
  • Booking.com
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    If you are looking for something with processing data, python would be good. It's quite an easy language to pick up and the community is big, so there are many open source projects that you could use.

    I would suggest you to learn object oriented programming together with the language that you want to learn. Try codecademy. Although you will need a subscription, I think the first 7 days are free.
    Jun 11 1
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
      OP
      Thanks! I've seen codeacademy as well.
      Jun 11
  • New / Eng hhhjhhh
    Try get a job focused on your MBA skills at a startup but negotiat 20% time on coding.
    Jun 11 0
  • Microsoft PNlg17
    Curious, Where is your MBA from?
    Jun 11 1
    • PNC / Finance cgOo17
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      Penn State. Loved the program, the professors, the people. Wish I would have waited until I was 30 to decide whether to go back to school or not. However, I left with over 100% increase in salary from when I went in...
      Jun 11
  • Credit Karma yir312
    How much do you make now?
    Jun 12 0
  • New litasf
    I learned coding, interview prep through internet. That too for free. Everything is there on internet free. I have a degree in CS, but that didn't help me except for passing through recruiters who only look for candidates with CS degree.
    Jun 11 0

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