Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:14 am Post subject: B.S. Comp. Sci. - Hire older 20 yr. Linux Apps-to-CF guy?
I have a B.S. in Computer Science and I've worked as a LINIX/UNIX C++ programmer in multiple Fortune 500 companies over the last 25 years -- from missiles, satellites and encryption to capacity planning and routing in the transportation industry. I started-out as a network technician during college. I've always been a computer-guy, since the 1980's. I'm no stranger to file systems and device driver apps. I've held both DoD and FBI security clearances as well.
I'm in my mid 50's now. I've been freelancing for several years. I'm intrigued by the need for computer forensics -- and I need a new challenge.
If I add several CF certifications to my resume -- what is your gut feeling about my chances for employment in the CF field? Or should I use my comfort level as a fully functioning responsible adult to setup my own CF company?
How might *you* perceive me? -- viable or not? (I really appreciate your objectiveness)
In any situation making a career shift in your mid 50s presents some challenges. However starting a new small business is fraught with even bigger challenges (which is why most new small businesses fail). And starting a CF firm is not an inexpensive proposition.
Does your current employer have a CF department? That is always an easier path. Other than that I would say you should have a huge network to draw on from your years of experience. Tap into that base.
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