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Hey all, well I have a bit of a dilemma. As the thread title says, I am currently 28 years-old. When I graduated high school back in 2002 or 2003, I went straight off to university and was majoring in computer engineering. However, due to some bad things that happened regarding my family, I ended up bombing out in year two (like some straight-up F's; year one wasn't that great either). My mom and I were hit with a big poverty situation, and I spent the years aged 21-25 living in a trailer with her.
We were out in the boonies for lack of a better word, so there were no places within walking distance in which I could get a job, and she had to use the car to drive to work, so I was stuck unable to get any kind of employment. When I turned 25, she had saved enough money and we were able to move into an apartment, which was a huge step up over the trailer. To get an idea of this trailer, well a lot of bugs called it a home as well, also we only had dial-up Internet, and the front of the trailer had started sinking, so the kitchen sink stopped draining, which created all manner of problems for cooking as you can imagine. During the summer, dry rot would grow in certain parts of the bathroom floor (dry rot looks like mushrooms, but they aren't). Also the place was incredibly drafty, and we really couldn't afford heating oil, so we had to always have the place very chilly during winter (and this is Upstate, NY!). We would walk around with thick socks, slippers, and hats on, it was really like Little House on the Prairie living to a degree, so the apartment was a huge step up!
Anyway, as everyone knows, in 2007 the real-estate bubble popped and then in 2008 the financial system almost crashed and the economy went into a major recession. I have a vehicle now that my uncle gave me, but finding a job has been nearly impossible. It's also tough to be in your mid-to-late twenties and never have been employed and having to explain this to an employer.
I am getting desperate as I don't want to be living with my mom the rest of my life, and especially not as a loser like this (not working), and I would like to still become a computer engineer or computer scientist or software engineer (one of those), so that leads me to this thread. My questions are:
- Am I too old to become a computer engineer/computer scientist/software engineer? Since I am 28 and with a horrible academic record, I would first have to go to a community college I'd figure and do well in their computer science and mathematics courses, then re-apply to a university. Then provided I was accepted, computer engineering can be a four to five year program. I figure I could maybe complete it in three to four years if I worked extra hard and took extra classes, but still, I'd be around 31, 32, or 33 upon graduating. Will an employer even hire someone that old fresh out of university (with no prior work experience)?
- With this current economy, and also my age, I mean I wouldn't want to put myself into a huge amount of debt going to university to get an education that I won't even be able to use in the end (for employment anyway).
Is there any hope or should I avoid going to university and try to figure something else out?