Andy Armstrong andy at
Wed May 9 13:48:32 BST 2007

On 9 May 2007, at 13:27, Ian Docherty wrote:
> Or like me get an Open University degree (OK, i was in no hurry, it  
> took me 12 years to get (I took one year off to get married)) and I  
> got it at the age of 38 (can anyone else beat that?).

I'm 43 and considering doing one. But I'd be motivated primarily by  
curiosity; nobody has /ever/ asked me for qualifications, quite  
possibly because I've never applied for a job in the normal sense.

The age thing is interesting. There's certainly a perception that  
someone my age won't be interested in coding round the clock (I am, I  
do) but also, I think, the idea that people who've seen more of life  
will be less biddable.

And of course a bit of experience is good - but enough experience  
that you might make your managers look naive is bad...

Andy Armstrong,

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