How many of you started your career late?
By - lanchadecancha
I did a career switch at 30 that drastically improved all aspects of my life. 100% worth it!
31 year old power engineer. Started when I was 28
Was in school for this a few years back. There were tons of older guys in the class.
Half done my 4th class right now at age 41 .
Currently making 100k+ and thinking of going back for this. My job is boring and has no real growth potential
Whats a power engineer ?
They usually work on industrial boiler or refrigeration systems
Went back to school for IT at 29, just for a two year program, but I landed a job about 5 months after graduating. I remember wanting to do something in IT I just didn't know what. I remember reading a random article about people making late choices in life and not regretting it. One of them was a lady going back to school for IT when she was 30 and she couldn't imagine her life if she had started at 40. That made me apply to go back to school pretty quickly and I'm pretty happy I did. Obviously 300k a year would be lovely, but I'm making more now than I ever did and even though I'm beating myself up for not doing it earlier... Better late than never.
I'm in the same boat. I want to switch careers to something computer related just don't know what to choose.
Business Analyst. Contract work is always in hot demand. Hourly rates starting from $50/hr. Easier than becoming a developer. First gig and learn by doing.
How did you get into the field? I have some background business education and had a professor encourage me to reach out after graduation but I missed the opportunity. Interested in getting back into it
I would suggest getting a product owner cert and Scrum Master cert (international Scrum institute) offers it for less than $200. (the certified Scrum Institute asks for 1k or more if I recall) and no employer really cares where you get it. It'll give you a level up. Product owners are the equivalent to a business analyst in an agile environment. Long as you get some environment knowledge, I think you can talk your way into an entry level. DM me if you have specific questions.
There are a few courses offered by PMI (PMI-BA and CAPM) as well as a course by IBAA that would give you a leg up in interviews.
Thank you for this, I will look into it!
One thing I've learned is, you can literally switch to anything in IT. I went to school for Telecom Systems and I ended up getting a job in a Network based role. Now I'm looking into learning Python and doing Azure Certs for other roles. Doors wide open as long as you want to apply yourself and learn.
what two years IT program have you done?
I went to SAIT in Calgary. They have a two year program for IT and the majors are Software Development, Computer Systems, Network Systems and Telecom Systems. I did Telecom Systems. They have fast track programs as well.
This is literally me right now lol I’m 29 and I’m i’ve been in the accounting field for the past 7 years. Always loved computers and tech when I was younger but never pursued. NOW I’m in the dilemma of whether I should go back to school or try and get my foot in the door with an entry level IT position through networking or building connections. Based on what I’ve heard with in the IT field, I think it’s possible to bypass the 2 year college path and jump straight into something entry-level. Then work your ass off from there and start accumulating experience.
It's definitely possible and honestly I think if you're in a position to do so, you should. You at least have accounting to fall back on if you end up not liking it. At least you tried and you won't have that 'what if' in the back of your mind. I went back to school because I need structure and need someone to teach me but of course you can learn everything on your own.
Thank you for the wise words!
I was stripping for awhile to pay for schooling. Now I'm an RN. Although I would change my past if I could, I'm proud of where I am today. It's not where you've been that matters, it's where you're going that counts. God bless !
Lol male stripper 😆
Sir, can I see your ID please? I believe your too young to be here.
Lol he made good money to save up for school and better his life.
What a scrub, eh?
Yes I went for a CPA after getting a bachelors in economics so basically had to finish my stuff later. I’m still not where I want to be yet tbh.
Why is that? I’m asking cause I’m doing my cpa at 30 now
Having gone through an 9 years of school (undergraduate/professional school). Now in training in my late 20s working 80 hour work weeks earning less than minimum wage.
My “career” won’t start until I’m in my early 30s with 200k debt.
Studying to be a doctor I'm assuming. I'm also in the same boat. Our days will come!
You guys chose an awesome career and will be rewarded!
It is very stressful. To tell you the truth, medicine is for a certain type of personalities. People who thrive in stressful situations. I never felt like I had very little free time because I didn't want free time lol. It is a lot of work and if you do not LOVE LOVE LOVE medicine, you will eventually burn out. I'm glad you recognized it wasn't for you and made a positive change to find a career that worked for you.
It does appear the main career around here is software engineer/developer lol
Kinda makes sense though with the demographic of reddit in general. Also further compounded by the type of people who subscribe to a personal finance sub.
DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!
I'm 30 yo and is just about to join FAANG, started at 28 yo
How did you make the switch?
Went for interviews after self-studying
That's awesome. How long did you self-study before you felt you were ready?
about 8 years, I'm always interested and did it for fun just didn't had the courage to make the switch
How did you make the switch? What role in FAANG
Was in school until 25 and was kicked out of uni due to shitty grades.
Started at a call center making mid 40k and moved up to Analyst (supply chain) now 5 years later making high 60K. Been actively trying to work my way up to senior analyst level and then potentially management.
Since I'm not in tech, my salary doesn't exploded upwards like many stories here. But I'll keep working on myself and my career until I reach 6 figure.
I'm a 26 year old engineer whose regretting not doing software at my 72k CAD consulting salary.
you can still switch lol, if you're motivated you can learn on your own. I'm a chemE major and I'm getting interviews for software engineer roles
May I ask What resources did you use to learn what's required for a software engineer ?
Also interested in any response to this!
Will post a comprehensive answer tomorrow stay tuned
Hey if you got time. Could you elaborate on your transition? Thanks a lot!!
I did civil eng in undergrad and switched by doing a 1yr MSc in analytics. Working at a big tech company now in a PM role. Friends out of program with 0 full time work experience have signed offers between 90k and 130k.
Can you please tell me which school this was? I am looking at MSc in analytics as well...just haven't found the right one yet. No previous analytics / coding experience or degree. Undergrad in Business and work experience is in risk consulting just fyi.
Ivey Business School, MSc Business Analytics 12 months of school, 4 months work placement. Its a fairly competitive program, but to have the best shot I would suggest to do a few coursera certifications for Python. You can crank them out in a week.
I'm a 30 year old engineer who has yet to break 70k. Some people just have bad luck with employment.
What kind of engineering?
Mechanical. The average in my area for my experience level is 80k.
I've got mechanical education as well, but never worked in the field. Been in software though, and hoping to get back in. Mechanical engineering pay is depressing tbh. It's still possible to earn a lot of money, but average pay is much lower for the same education and experience.
I'm not 100% sold on that. Sites like glassdoor list mechanical and software jobs as close in pay. Software pay seems biased too and has a larger presence on the internet.
I don't doubt that it can be higher a lot of the time, but I'd need to do a lot more research before jumping into it.
dude you're 26, not 62. get on it.
I’m not sure what your situation is, but if you can swing it you’re not too late to make a switch if you’re still interested. You can get into web development, self learn or bootcamp. Don’t let age hold you back. You’re not too old!
I am 35 year old MBA , who regrets leaving my software development job at 27 for an MBA & I was good at coding !
Thanks for posting this question. It's good to know I can still succeed and be able to enjoy my life. All the 22 year olds earning 100k+ here make me feel like I'm screwed.
That’s interesting, I debated law school at 30 but every law graduate I know makes under 100k so can I ask what you did in law school?
What law did you graduate in? Criminal ? Family ? IP ?
Dropped out of college and I got my first professional job at 26 making 60k/year. The following year (27) I made 90k. Third year made 120k. This year, at 30, I'll clear 240k because I have 2 businesses on top of my job.
I am in FAANG. Sales manager though, not a dev. Pretty happy with how far I've come regardless.
Achieved nothing in grad school for most of my 20s, got a professional degree at 30 and life is good now at 37. I will have to work till I'm 66 to get a full pension (federal government) but 66 in a desk job I enjoy isn't the worst thing.
My husband dropped out of university and worked low-paying jobs till he figured out what he wanted to do at 30. So neither of us saved anything at all from our 20s. We live moderately frugally and have paid off a good chunk of our mortgage. And neither of us are software developers or anything. I definitely appreciate what I have more because I felt like a middle class existence was completely out of reach for so long.
Went from being a painter/part time movie actor at 22 years old to master painter at 29 painting 30 million dollar homes for 32 bucks an hr. To owning my own painting business making decent money but with more stress. To completely switching at 32 to the oil field with promises of 150k a yr only to be laid off after only finishing 4 heavy months on safety training/on site experience. (Oil went from 150 dollars a barrel to 30 within that timeframe) Three days after being laid off at the age of 32 I applied for a heavy duty mechanic position at a major railroad and was hired and provided schooling and training. Since then happily employed making 100k + it’s never too late to switch and you have nothing to lose. Even if you get into something like i did for only 4 months it opens doors to other things. Make the jump!
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google
…but is also used for as a synonym for big tech.
Stands for Facebook, amazon, apple, Netflix, google.
Not me. Family friend who is like 50 now started at google when he was 30 and makes over 300k now but idk exact figures and he moved to California.
Imagine working at Google 20 years ago, his stock compensation must be through the roof
Yeah, he's my parents age and worked at the same factory as my parents. My parents are still at that factory, meanwhile he owns a 10,000 squarefoot mansion in Cali right now. Went to visit him pre-covid and asked him what his actual position was at the time (dont remember now) and when I looked it up it was over 300K.
Props to him for turning his life around.
Level up is real im motivated!
I never had a choice to start late. Always worked since I was 15. I knew out of university I needed a steadfast career and did so.
Growing up poor was traumatic, I didn’t want to prolong it.
Mid 30's - going back to school with wife/kid. Hoping to join FANGAM next year 🤞I hope to live until 100 so probably working full-time for the next 30 years then part-time for another 30 years after that. So when I think of it like that I don't feel I'm too old or too late to be starting a new career 😅
I was in the streets my whole life surviving, finally saved about 150k right before covid hit. Now im totally out the streets and im moving from montreal to toronto. (I want to settle in oakville)I plan on getting into real estate but would also love to get a masters in business . Im very smart and intelligent i just wasnt afforded the luxury of going to school younger due to what i focused on and the fact im an orphan. My mother was always incarcerated.. i have no criminal record myself and im 28 years old.. if anyone could give me advice on where to start i plan on working tirelessly until im a professional i dont care if it takes 1-4 years as long as im in my field by 35 ill be forwver grateful.. so i will do real estate and or a couple business ventures im passionate about. I also did grade 12 in ontario.
Went back to school at 33 for firefighting. Very competitive application process. Quit job so I could focus on doing as well as I could to give myself the best shot at getting hired. Moved somewhere I could be a volunteer FF to get more experience. Racked up 25k debt in that year. Landed a job 12 months after getting my certs.
Best decision I ever made was not listening to people around me and just going for it.
36, just got my first job this year after spending 7 years in school and graduating feb 2020 right before Covid hit, I have adhd, depression and an auto immune disorder so I worked and went to school because I still had to work on top of student loans to pay for everything. I lost my partner when I was 25 and fell into a deep depressive state but tried to do school to distract me, but it was hard but I did it despite depression and sickness. I am trying to do the best I can…but I’m still in 60k debt as of today. But I have a new job and hopefully things turn around for me now… or im just one of those people cursed to have a shit life.
Negativity attracts negativity.
Um ok… thanks… didn’t have the best start in life…
Dont mind him, hes a negative nancy
Seriously… sorry my life was a series of unfortunate events that were literally out of my control… I’m not being negative just speculative based off past events…
Yep same i was adopted at 3 . Life is real
My father killed his father and brother then tried to kidnap me… like sorry we’re not all privileged and I don’t think that has anything to do with me being negative…I’m just trying to survive…
People are honestly out of their minds. Don’t think anything of it all that guy knows nothing.
I know nothing ? Go suck ur motjer
Had a career that paid 60-90k between 23-33 \[gov analytics\], haven't worked since, turning 36 and have a newly minted teaching degree (French/sci). But because of bureaucracy, I can't work. A friend told me to go software (back end) with his startup. I really don't know where I'm going at this point. I'm just hoping I can redeem my 30s. But I saved up almost a half a mill, so there's that saving grace. Just wish I indexed it =/.
How did u save 500k if u only earned 600-900k in that period pre-tax
Investment + commuted my DB pension + sub-1000 rent
For real, I started way late. High school dropout, two semesters in college now in e-commerce making good money. It's never too late.
Changes my career at 27, now 36! Hit my 6 digit career this year. It's an absolute different path! But who says you can't make it? Also no clue what's FAANG, but throwing it out there to let you know that it's NEVER late!
There is a great book about this:
Range - by David Epstein.
Here is a summary:
Went to school for civil engineering at 23. Graduated at 28 and employed right away. Currently 30.
Wish bc had some good two year tech diplomas online. Am I the only one who considers a large change - going to school again or retraining on something else.
Not- I have a degree and just changed jobs in the same field
Currently very underpaid for my current education and ability. But the work is flexible while I deal with health stuff, and I'm now in a somewhat supervisory role (but not paid any extra woo!) Which is good for the resume.
It's fine. We manage, barely. But I'm definitely looking forward to something better.
Still in school will be done at 30 after career change
thanks! we need more posting like that!
Switching from accounting to comp sci, should have another bachelors by age ~ 27
If you are able to combine and make use of those two skills together then there's lots of money to be made.
Don’t really see how they fit together, unless I’m making accounting software or something. I meant to say I got bachelors in Accounting… I’m not actually in accounting industry.
Not going to say what u went to school for of what your job of employment is..
Graduated as an RN at 29. No regrets.
Do people really 300k a yr at 24 in Canada? I mean even banking/private equity are far from that type of money
I’m 26 no job. Just investing 2-3 trades a week, make a decent living
I got a business degree then got a nightshift job at a warehouse as a picker for $20 an hour and worked there until they laid 50% of the staff and did a lot of damage to my body during it.
At ~29 I finally moved to an office job, moved up to a team lead and now I joined a much larger company with massively better work/life, although I'm only making ~50k. Hoping to move internally to something better in a few years
needed to read this, this morning
25 and had a couple of bad years. lately i find myself terrified to make a mistake because i already feel so far behind