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I'm too old to be here ?

I would like to get into web development, but the problem is that I'm 25 years old and I have the feeling that I'm too old for this area.
I mean the developers my age are already senior and have a lot more experience than me.
so my question is am i right and should i be looking for something else and if not how can i develop better to catch up with my generations?

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Jesse Warden

Naw, I’m 42 and know people who started in their 50’s, you got this!

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Arit Developer

25 too old?? No, no and NO! I became a developer at 38! You GOT this!!!

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Ben Halpern

I'm 25 years old and I have the feeling that I'm too old for this area.

My brother got into software development in his late 30s/early 40s and is thriving a few years in. You'll be fine if you're excited about it.

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cyph3r57 • Edited on

Old? I'll tell you my story. Three years ago I retired from a government job where I was a stistem administrator. After that at the tender age of 65 years, I decided to learn web programming, gradually realizing my dream. I know well that the road is long, but I still have a lot of time ahead of me ...πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

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Bobby Plunkett

Programming is still a growing field, and personally I don't think you can ever be "too old" and this is coming from someone with 12 years experience in the field. What you learn starting out may be useless in few years if the industry mindset changes, or if a new techonology replaces it. If you are willing and excited to learn software/web/app development then your age shouldn't be a consideration.

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Roger Oliveira

Definitely not, I got my first internship and started to work with Web Development when I'm was 23y. In that time I felt the same as you bc all my friends already had their degrees at 21y, so I always had the feeling that I was late for something. Today, five years later, I realize that it's not about how long you've been in the field, it's about how you make the most of it.

Good luck on your journey!

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Andy Piper

I'd definitely encourage you not to think about age here - there's no barrier to learning and getting involved at all. Not only that, but the range of age groups and experience levels is one thing that I value about communities such as DEV and others - everyone is constantly learning, and remembering how they learned, and discovering things they didn't know about, because they never went back to find out how something worked.

Welcome to the community!

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too old??

There's plenty of devs that are 50+

I started (back in 1981) at 13 then went into software dev and did it for years, now 50+ I tend to do product work but with a technical bias. still got decades ahead!

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Thien DX

Title mean nothing outside the company since each have their own performance rating.
IMO consulting firms usually go easy on title, some cases after 1 year you're already Senior, one reason is they want to appear like a strong team to clients.
While product oriented company take this harder, they don't need to impress outsiders, and promoting the wrong people also affect the morale of others. At my company the youngest Senior is 27, he'd worked here since he graduated (~5 years).

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I had the same concern when I started at 25 and everyone at my job had been coding since they're in their teens. Age honestly has no importance here. It's all about gaining experience and being passionate about what you do.

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Chris Flowers

Ha, no dev is "senior" at 25 years old unless maybe they went full career development mode at 18. That's certainly not the norm. Titles mean very little in this industry, other than a very rough approximation of pay ranges. If you want to jump into this field, just jump into it.

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You're never too old to be a software engineer but you'll have to be able to adapt to constant changes. Your projects will change, your scrum teams will change, the technology that you're working with will change. They'll ask you to work on many different things. You'll debug issues. If you can do all that and code you'll be fine πŸ™‚

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Here is a 50-year-old programmer analyst, who went through languages like VB, FOX, Delphi, and now developing backend with SQL Server, .NET(C#, MVC), frontend with React.
I never felt old, on the contrary, I am excited to learn new technologies, therefore I recommend that you continue in this beautiful profession and that age is not a concern at all.

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Itai Klapholtz

It’s never too late and you’re never too old!
Programming is not only skill or coding, but also, maybe mostly, state of mind, where you can use your soft skills, skills you have already acquired - team work, diligence, creativity, passion and comprehensiveness.
If you have those - you have what you need, maybe more than some knowledge like specific language or computer science concept.
So if you really want it - go for it!

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Jeremy Friesen

First, welcome to Dev. Second, I'd encourage you to not compare yourself to others. Your journey is different. What brought you to where you are is different. That is a uniqueness only found in you.

The question I ask is "What is it that attracts you to the path of web developer?"

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Kalin • Edited on

First off, NO! You are not old for programming, no one is actually. You can learn programming at any age as long you desire and like it.
"I mean the developers my age are already senior" - In my experience I've worked with people that are in this area for 10+ years and they still don't know anything mostly because they don't know how to progress or they are too lazy to do so. How you progress is up to you and honestly the age should not bother you at all.
Now go out there, explore web development, have fun(or cry when something breaks) and never again question your age. :)

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Michael Tharrington • Edited on

I think you're never too old to start.

And consider this, the rate of change in technology happens so quickly that there are always new things coming out. New programming languages, new frameworks, new methods of thinking, ways of working, etc. ... with all these new things coming out that means that lots of folks are new. There are devs that spend lots of time really specializing in something, but stepping outside that specialization, they still have to learn new things too, so I'd argue that even experienced folks commonly have this feeling of newness too.

I imagine it's very difficult trying to absorb so much information when you're new... the breadth and depth of things to learn is far and wide. Don't get too down on yourself and know that imposter syndrome is a common feeling... just look at all these posts on the topic!.

I bet you have a whole lot to offer and new perspective to bring to the table. Don't count yourself out, you are absolutely not too old to be here. You are very welcome in this community!

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Levan Tediashvili

I'm 31, started working as a developer 4 months ago after 9 years of working in Finance.
It's never too late!

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Jordy Bakker

Most of my colleagues are around the 30 years old. Currently, I'm 27 years old

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

You're totally okay :) If anything, I wish I started at 25 because I had more experience that was helpful as a web developer!

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I clicked this preparing myself to talk to a 50+ years old person and to say they are not old at all, so...

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"Age never matters" goes both ways. There's still a ton of time, you got this!

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Luke Inglis

Naw, I got into the business when in my late 20s (closing in on 40 now). I'd say the only real liability is just being 'the old guy' in other words being out of the loop on cultural references and such but that's more of an issue for people like me not some one who is 25.

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Thiago Massari Guedes

25 and senior developer means nothing. The role not necessarily mean salary and if it does, good job for them.

The most important thing is to understand that people who started at 20 had 5 years of experience. People on their 40s who started in their 20s have 20 years of experience.
If you want to be as good as someone your age that started 5 years ago, you'll have to study hard and work in meaninful project to build your experience.
Also, to ramp up, you can learn from them - that's likely, besides studying what will help you more.

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Saeed Author

I want to thank you all for the comments and for the motivation, I'm really excited to be a web developer and I sure won't give up especially after this motivation πŸ’™.
I am very happy to be a part of this community

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ecyrbe • Edited on


Just to add to the discussion. There is no such thing as being too old for being a developper.

However there is a thing about being motivated. If you enjoy programming it's a first step. If you like learning it's a second one.

Indeed, software industry is always evolving and unlike some jobs, you'll need to contantly learn new technologies, update your skills and when you'll be experienced enough, you'll need to evolve your game by mentoring less experienced developpers. So you'll also need to like sharing your knowledge.

I see some developpers coming to this industry only for the paycheck without motivation for programming or software engineering. They have a hard time keeping up with the pace of technology evolution.

So, if you enjoy programming, go for it. Come join us. You'll see that a vast majority of software community is welcoming.

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Thomas Bnt

Oooh no ! No age to be here and to practice web development. πŸš€

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Joe Mainwaring

You're not too old, I didn't start my first engineering role until I was 27.

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I'm 34, and no company accept me anymore. They only hire younger people. If you're from an asian countries then it's kind of late for your beginning.
25 is still young anyway.