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by Sunshine5864 / September 11, 2012 7:05 AM PDT

I am 48 years old and just started a Bachelor's Degree program in information assurance and security. By the time I am finished and graduate, I will over 50 and facing $100K in student debt. Am I crazy to do this? Should I just go back to retail and forget about ever getting back into the tech industry?

Thanks for your input in advance!

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Something like that would be in addition to
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 7:32 AM PDT
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Your degree in management or computer science. On its own, a tough field where those with management or programming backgrounds could take your prospective positions.
Bob

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by Sunshine5864 / September 11, 2012 11:52 PM PDT

So I would be better off doing a Cisco program like I've been told would be better or in addition to the degree? That makes the debt load even greater but would be worth it? My concern is that there is so much apparent ageism nowadays AND I am female-another strike, will it be worse when I finally finish with all my education? My background is configuration mgmt, release mgmt and it's been 10 years since I did that because of the fact that I don't have a degree. I never wanted to run up the debt. Now I've been unemployed for quite awhile and need to do something but is this the right something? I know I am sick to death of retail!

Thanks for your input!

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Cisco.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2012 2:51 AM PDT
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In the circles I run, and with BYOD becoming more prevalent and the fact that the size companies I deal with are in the 20 to 100 people size there would be no Cisco device needed.
Bob

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