25 years old, no web development experience

25 years old, no web development experience


Hi all, I am 25 and I am working on an unrelated graduate degree (Statistics), and I have realized that I am just not passionate about my field anymore (A bit late for this, right? haha). Anyway, my undergraduate degree is in applied mathematics, and I took a few computer science courses and unlike alot of people that take those classes, I definately learned and retained the curriculum. So I have a decent background in C/C++ and Java, but really don’t have any formal web development experience.

I have been teaching myself web development skills for about 2 years now as I was completing my undergrad and beginning my graduate, and I do believe I have come far, but I still have a ways to go.

My question is, when I finish my graduate degree and have to make a decision on which direction I want to take my life, will it be too late for me to pursue a career in web development? I really enjoy it, and I have a passion for it that I simply don’t have for statistics anymore. I am just worried that when I finally am ready to make a decision, I will be too old in comparison to the fresh graduates entering the field and competing for the same position I might be.

Am I too old to be thinking about a career in web development with no formal experience, or is this something that I can still reasonably pursue?

Is it too late to get a development job being 30 and no work experience of any kind?

Search this forum, there are 40 and 50 year olds who change their career to programming from something unrelated… Quite a few 30 year olds without any degrees who got a job months after starting to study.

You’re young and you already have 2 years of experience in programming + math? You’re not that far behind honestly.


You have all your chances. And that a misconseption, because if you’re pationate about coding, it’s not about chances of finding a job but about time, because as a pationate person, you’ll be very good at it, with time, learning and practice.

You should go ahead and try what you think will make you happy in life. :slight_smile:


Look into machine learning. It is an in demand field and you can use your math degree and statistics degree!