Can I become a software developer at 40? Yes!

Can I become a software developer at 40? Yes!

If you're wondering if it's worth learning to code at 40 then, yes, it definitely is! Learning to code at 40 years old can unlock a great career. You can even enter the tech industry when you're 50 or older.

Matt became a Software Developer at 50

Matt learned to code after going to a bootcamp in the UK. Of course, becoming a Software Developer at 40 or over is also open to people who have self-taught through online resources.  


This is what Matt had to say about becoming a developer after 40:

"Regarding the age thing, I have to admit that, at the start of this process, I was worried that either I wouldn’t be taken seriously or I wouldn’t get a look in because it would be assumed that I’m too old.

I can honestly say that my age has never once been an issue. I was treated no differently from anybody else on the Manchester Codes course and the same is true at JLR: I’m just a new starter who is keen to learn as much as he can.

It does of course work both ways. I have come from a career where I had 25 years experience and held a relatively senior position. I am now in an entirely different role and I have to be aware of that and behave accordingly."

Learn coding online

You can find a list of coding courses that have been taken by self-taught developers. For less than $100 you can find courses than can get you a life-changing career with salaries of six figures perfectly possible after only a few years.

Go to a coding bootcamp

If you want more 1:1 support in finding a job, a coding bootcamp might be your best option. Most bootcamps have dedicated careers advisors who are incentivised into helping you find a job. Many coding bootcamps also partner with local emplyers to find them developers. Check out our sister site, Bootcamp Index, where you can find the best coding bootcamps.

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Pete Codes

Pete Codes

Hey, I'm Pete and the creator of this site. I am a self-taught web developer and I'm based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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