So I happen to be 37 years of age who have worked since 13. My background is in digital printing since 2002 in various aspects however, I’m working in Security right now to pay the bills. I just recently read and was inspired by a previous post about 30+ people starting they’re career in programming which made me make this post because I can’t find a topic in this forum of this kind. I’m in a similar situation but slightly different. The kicker is that I have a petty misdemeanor on my record that I’m unable to expunge because of va petty laws. The charge is defined as moral ineptitude which could be further from the truth but that’s what every employer that does a background check see. Not kool. However, nonetheless I’m enrolling in a community college to become either a programmer or a software developer more so interested in the software developing field. As I’ve been a user of various software for printing & apps for the iPhone so it interests me. Would this misdemeanor hinder me or should I just put my head down and go for it and get letters of recommendations along the way? As far as the misdemeanor I took a chance on a negative balance for a taxi so I won’t get stranded thinking it would just put me more in the negative & it will all be resolved tomorrow when I got paid. So I couldn’t pay and the taxi driver called the cops & I was nonchalant about everything and pleaded guilty. No jail time just a fine which I resolved 3 years ago. Oh… the worst mistake of my life!! Believe me. I feel so stupid doing that and am paying the price this past year. Missed out on several good job opportunities because of it. So my main question is could I make a successful future in becoming a Software Developer if I’m dedicated and focus despite the charge?? And would you have any suggestions as the path I should take? My initial plan is to go to nova community college and do a 1 year Associate degree while going for a certification in IT while working. I’m not sure if I can do it but that’s the initial plan. After that’s obtained I’ll go for more certs and a bachelors.
Sorry for the lengthy discussion board just wanted to clear up the whole I’m not a bad person turning good idea.
So what are your thought??
Thanks for the feedback if any!!