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Computer Science MSc conversion 28 years of age - ageism? watch

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    I'm currently a 28 year old Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Hull who will graduate this year. I've decided that a career in IT is for me and would like to do the course offered at York.

    I'm concerned that ageism is still rife in the industry and it would be hard to get my first step onto the career ladder in this chosen field? What are your opinions. Is the institution the course is studied at a big factor?

    Many thanks,

    I'm studying CompSci in Notts and we have our fair share of students who aren't in the 18-20 age range. I don't see you having any problems getting onto the course.

    In terms of getting a job, again, as long as you have a good classification from a decent institution, and maybe some experience (look for year placements/Summer internships!), then you'll be in good stead

    I don't think ageism is really rife at all, it's more about what you can do, what they think your aptitude is, and demonstrable experience with the right technology and projects.

    If you are graduating at age 28 with a conversion masters and no IT experience, employers may possibly think they won't be able to pay you a low wage, train you, and mold you into a useful employer as easily as a 22 year old graduate.

    However that's the same with most professional jobs. Just make sure you apply for jobs which won't be as fussed about this, perhaps job roles that can leverage your undergrad degree - biomedical systems programmer, for example. Or get some voluntary work experience as soon as you can.
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