Here is my question: How difficult will it be for a 41 year old, former CPA but recently graduated Computer Science major, to find a good programming job?
I read another article on this forum that was somewhat related (e.g., CPAtoCompSci), but it did not directly answer the question about how the market would view a 40 year old beginning a career in programming?
I will say that I look to be in my early 30's, so no one will necessarily know that I am 40, but that does not change the fact of my age. Also, I hope that my CPA credential will offset any age bias as it demonstrates a certain level of accomplishment, intelligence and general aptitude.
I also understand that getting a "first" programming job is as much about having a portfolio of projects/prior experience, as it is about a degree. With that in mind, I am currently working on some open source projects that should help on that front.
Also, I am interested to know the viability of breaking into a gaming programming role? ...possibly an Indy project that could be self-marketed through Microsoft (e.g., PEZ/Meathead). Is this as easy it seems?
Thank you for any perspective that can be offered.