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Are you too old to learn how to code?

One of the most frequent concerns we hear from Skillcrush users is the concern that they are simply TOO OLD to learn how to code.

The irony is that this concern knows no age, we hear it from 16 year olds, we hear it from 65 year olds, and everything in between.

So today we are going to answer, once and for all, this old age question: are you too old to learn how to code?

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  • michaelherman

    You are never too old to learn. I think the question is more about whether it’s practical or not. It depends greatly on what you want to do. If you are just looking to build a new set of skills and perhaps launch a product/app, then go for it. If your goal is to get into the tech industry, in a hot startup, I feel that is much more difficult the older you get.

    The more I code, the more I have shifted my perspective on what makes a good programmer. It’s much less about the technology and much more about the soft skills. Communication is huge. Empathy too. It’s not easy to talk about technology or how to accomplish a certain problem in a language that a layperson can understand. Creativity is huge. Patience. Logic.

    A lof of those traits take time to hone. In our society, people want things NOW. They do not want to put int the 10,000+ hours it can take.

    Practice. Practice. Practice. Patience. More practice. These are keys as well. Failure is learning. Learn to love the questions as much as the answers.

    • Adda

      Why doesn’t Disqus have a like button?? I think you are absolutely right. I also think that a lot of people don’t necessarily need to learn to code to work as developers, as much as they should learn to code to gain a better understanding and fluency in the technology so that they know what is happening in their business.

      Thanks for your comment!!!

      • michaelherman

        I agree, as absurd as it sounds. Coding sometimes is the afterthought. You need to have the logical skills in order to really understand how the technology stacks fit together. This can be difficult, since there are so many moving parts. But coding will eventually become a part of it. I can teach someone enough Python in a week to be able to understand Django. From there, I spend two weeks on Django, and one week on technology stacks. After that, the sky’s the limit.

        I am a Python programmer, but I am at the point where I can pick up a language quickly. Getting good at one langage will open doors, and make it *much* easier to lear another.

    • Jasmine Rose

      I love your insight! Thank you. :)

  • Juliet Waters

    Funny you should post this today. I just published a post yesterday about my experiences learning to code as a 48 year old single mom. I`m eighteen months into this learning adventure, have no regrets, and have discovered an amazing community of women coders in my hometown. Anyone who wants to read it can find it at familycoding.com. Skillcrush, by the way, was a huge help in keeping my motivation up. So I’m also taking this opportunity to thank you guys.