You are young – 30 is young! In my humble opinion, it is harder to change careers or career paths as time goes by (get older!) and so my advice to you is if you are interested in programming – go for it. I have been a programmer for over 20 years now and have worn many different career hats as a programmer (analyst, project/team leader, dba work, etc.). You can continue to learn in this career or stick with the same thing/language if you so choose. Personally, I find it best to continue to learn and so thus having the opportunity to move around to different positions/jobs within a company or changing companies. Programming is a challenging job – it’s much more than making the code work – it’s very tedious, though and not for those who are not detail oriented.
1. Does anyone here have any opions on changing paths at this point in my life or anyones life ??
>>>”… this point..” – you have so many more years to work – don’t get stuck in a rut where you are 1) bored and 2) no job security. Job security is important and finding the career that provides that as well as self-satisfaction is the key.
2. What do you see has the best way to learn. IE( Quickcerts.com ) Where you by the MCSD track
videos that seem to be taught in a class like environment… Or learn on your own. ??
>>>>One thought is to learn on the job – can you move into a position with your current employer where you’d be given the opportunity to learn?
3. Also What is it like trying to interview and qualify for these positions Entry level and more advanced ?
>>> like any other interview – depends on your level of experience and, of course, who is doing the interview – technical staff versus management.
4. Or would you say to just stay where I am and hope for the best ( a raise, a move to new location or just forget it too old to do such a thing. hmmmm, okay no , this is not a choice. hehehe
>>> Never just stay put if you don’t have to. And, again, 30 is YOUNG!