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Charith Perera
Charith Perera
101 Points

Feeling To Old To Achieve This

Hey all,

First of all loving Treehouse and the amazing content you guys offer. I'm 27 right now and being the idiot I am never put thought into my dream job until recently. Anyway long story short I went back to uni a while ago and came out with an IT degree and discovered my passion for development. But I never landed that amazing development job I wanted and I never took the time to build my skills (huge regret). Now I'm stuck working in a company doing something sort of related to IT but completely bores the hell out of me.

I'm doing the Front End Development track right now and loving it. I've also realised I'd love to be working for myself as that's when I'm most motivate. My dream job would be designing and developing websites for a living as a freelancer with flexibility. But of course I know that's really hard to achieve, especially with so much competition out there.

I guess my question is (if you patiently read all my rubbish lol) do you think i'm too old to become a great front end developer? I'm working really hard at this because I feel so behind. I would love to ditch this job for a career in designing and building amazing websites. I know 27 isn't that old but in the tech industry so many people under 25 seem to be 10 years ahead of me technically.

Any opinions really appreciated.

7 Answers

Matt Trask
Matt Trask
10,027 Points

I started with Treehouse when I was 25. Actually I started with Codecademy but wanted something more so I signed up here. Now, at 27, I am a developer, both for a company and freelance. I just launched my first website and I do hacks all the time. Its never too late. Just push yourself.

I guess I'm old as dirt I am 44. Don't be so hard on yourself. The idea that there isn't enough for everyone isn't true. The fact is only so many people are cut out to be programmers and designers and there are 7 billion people on the Earth roughly and most are in poverty by American standards. There are millions of businesses world wide and not enough talented people to fill all the tech jobs. Why do think Bill Gates is trying to get programming as part of curriculum in schools. There is shortage from my understanding. Remember youth is great but you can't teach or learn experience in school. Experience is the key in my opinion.

Don Shipley
Don Shipley
19,488 Points

I am 56 learning this if there is hope for me where does that place you? In ten years how old will you be??? If you love what you do it is not work and you have a long life ahead of you. Keep up the good work. You will become successful if you do not stop.....

Nicholas D'Amico
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Nicholas D'Amico
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 25,692 Points

I agree with Don and Travis. I'm getting ready to turn 32 and I still come home every night from work and either do the classes or practice what i'm learning here. I don't know if anything will ever come from it, but I would hate to just give up and look back 10 years from now with regret when I realize how young I was....

Howard DeForest
Howard DeForest
7,404 Points

i have a 92 year old uncle that still works pushing broom as a janitor for a company he use to own his own business he hasn't quit yet. I am 42 myself and run a full time dairy farm and have self taught myself how to program before Treehouse came out now i have excelled in my programming and have been redoing my website i started a few years ago with more knowledge and someday hope that i might also publish a website for others. maybe even have a online job i can do to help support my farming. or if something happens where i cant farm anymore. Heck maybe ill even design a game or a app for farming that would help other farmers. But I know this I am having fun. and when your having fun and it becomes something more where its also creating an income and your still having fun doing it then keep doing it cause you'll succeed in it. people who developed games like at blizzard for instance its fun to them other wise they would've quit doing what they are doing. sure they are making money just like the folks who work here at Treehouse but to them its fun and thats why they keep doing it. when a job becomes boring and it isn't fun then your going to feel miserable. sure people take a job hey don't like at times but a lot quit till they find something they do like. and you still have a lot of time to find your fun job. heck even a writer sometimes doesn't start out doing that when they get out of high school or college. for that i say don't give in so easy.

One of my favorite quotes: Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

I always remind myself of the quote. I'm 37.

Charith Perera
Charith Perera
101 Points

Thanks all for the motivating words! Good to know I'm not the only one on this boat!