I am probably not the only one: after 9+ years on a successful career, I am trying to switch to tech.
In my case, from architecture. My last position was design director for a prestigious firm. But then I decided I like to build things online more than in real life.
I am now 39, again looking for entry-level full-stack/frontend jobs. I’ve been coding since forever (there can be a lot of Python in architecture!) and I have 4+ years of self-taught web development history, with many side projects to show for it.
On top of that, I think I bring a lot to the table from my previous career. I know how to get things done, I know how to work both in teams and managing diverse and complex teams. Architecture is, in some ways, very similar to software, in which you have complex projects that need the coordination of a variety of professionals in different roles.
But I wonder if age + too much previous baggage might actually hurt me and if I should try to refrain from selling it when applying for jobs.
What do you think? Anyone here in the same boat?