OK. I tend to get long winded...I will try to keep this brief.
I am 38yrs old.
For last 13 years I have been in sales. Run 2 companies of my own. Once successfully, the other time I ran out of money before it became self sustaining.
My resume looks great for sales...been sales manager, run my own company etc...but I have changed jobs about every 2 years. (not a job hopper...once my company was purchase...twice the place (mortgage industry) I worked was going out of business...etc)
I have always been into computers...my main laptop runs Linux, and has not had windows on it in years. I used to write simple programs on the TRS80 that was in the school library when I was in middle school and I had to boot it with a cassette. I was going to be a programmer, then got my wife pregnant my freshman year of college, went into the Marines, and then into sales to pay the bills.
Enough background, long story short, I am burnt out on sales, and I would really like to get into the IT field. I just dont know how to make the change. I took a basic programming, entry level Java, and networking classes at the community college a couple of years ago. I think I like the programming side is more 'me' than networking although I think that it would be harder to outsource overseas the networking than programming.
Thoughts on how I might transition? Just how much ability do I need in order to get hired? Am I out of my mind? OK, I already know the answer to that one. I have a family...I can take a bit of a drop in pay...but I cant take an internship or work for total peanuts.
Lastly, if I am going to focus on one language initially...is Java the right one to be marketable, and just how good do you need to be to get hired? From what I have seen in other fields (I would assume programming is the same) you really dont learn enough in school to be effective right away full time...you learn so much more in the real world and on the job then you ever did in school...is programming the same???)
Thanks in advance.