Ian Docherty londonperlmongers at
Wed May 9 15:11:01 BST 2007

Andy Armstrong wrote:
> 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,
I have applied for (a small number of ) jobs that required a Degree, but 
no-one has ever asked for proof.

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