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Old 07.02.2019, 08:44
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Re: No experience, 30y old. How hard would it be? -serious-

You don‘t say much about what direction you want to take. I would suggest keep applying for software engineering jobs, particularly in places where you can use a variety of technology area as well as your programming languages - e.g. DB, networks, security.

If you are applying in Switzerland, outside of the banking world, pharma, Google, large international companies, unless you have local language skills it will be more difficult. Not impossible, but there will be others with the language skills who live locally in the front of the queue.

Recently, we went to a presentation at the local careers advice centre about education and training at secondary school level and beyond. The expectation is that many people will expect retrain midlife for a different career than the one they started on leaving formal education. I‘ve worked in IT for just under 30 years and met many who started in one profession (military, teaching, police, chemist) and moved over to IT in their later years.

The thing is to just keep applying - it isn‘t easy if you get lots of rejections. Get and entry level job and get some project experience under your belt.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Nick
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