Are my career goals realistic!?

I am brand spanking new to coding, like just started with the freecodecamp lessons today. My brief story is that I am 36 and have a really good career already (I am a veterinary specialist), but I really do not like being a veterinarian. I’ve always been fascinated with computer science and coding, but it always seemed like an unknowable so never looked into it. My plan is to work on the freecodecamp lessons + other free stuff and books I can do on my own and then in several more years when my young children are in school freeing my time up some (I also only work 3 days a week as it is) to enroll in a coding program (looked a bit into Thinkful and similar) that then helps with job placement and work in coding . I know maybe I will end up hating coding after a few more days, weeks, or months of this, but so far I really like the challenge and I really like the idea of working on a computer and while maybe in a team, mainly on my own compared to what I am doing now and without the life and death emotions. Anyways, is it realistic to think that in my late 30’s I could get into coding and wind up with a first job in coding in my 40’s, or am I being naive and should just make this a hobby?


If you can get the job done - you can find work.
If you are good (and not living in seclusion) job will find you.

Decide what job you want to do.
Learn what you need to get the job done.
Show that you can do it.
Find work.
Switch careers.


Hey there, and welcome to the freeCodeCamp community.

Before doing this, I recommend giving Quincy’s Coding Bootcamp Handbook a read.

I’m curious why you think this. It can be frustrating at times, for sure. There are days where I’m horrendously stuck against one bug. But I can’t say I’ve ever hated it.

Yes and no. It’s never too late to learn how to code. Many of our campers started later in life and found success. That being said, I can’t say for certain what the job market will look like in a couple of years. Your first developer job is the hardest one to get. For now, I’d focus on learning, building things, and making connections with fellow developers. All of that will help you when you are ready to start applying.


It’s absolutely something that can be done. Whether it’s something that you continue to want to pursue, and how hard that is in your personal situation, only time can tell. But if you’re enjoying the journey so far, keep at it!


Hi @brooks.ianj !

Welcome to the forum!

I am also a beginner (8 months in) and I had considered learning how to code a few years back.
But I talked myself out of it because I told myself “You are a musician. Not a programmer” So I didn’t even bother trying. But now I am glad I decided to learn and I am glad you made that decision too :grinning:

Hopefully that doesn’t happen. There are times where it is frustrating but hopefully you don’t despise it after a few months :grinning:

I would just focus on the learning and after a few months then you can decide if this is right for you.

Well, they did it :smiley:


Hey there,

nice to meet you! :wave:

It’s a totally viable idea.

But don’t get caught into other people’s stories how long they needed.
The hardest part is staying consistent and persistent for several months.

Start now, come back in 100/250/500 hours of learning and reflect on that.


Wow. Thanks everyone for the totally supportive comments! I don’t know what I expected, but didn’t expect such overwhelming support. Makes me feel good about my crackpot idea!

this is amazing, thanks

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