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Old 11-26-2015, 05:13 PM
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I left the workforce years ago to raise my son. That allowed my wife's career to take off. I am hoping that I am not looked down upon for being a stay at home dad. My old job was as an IT technician for a school district. Since being out of the workforce, I have obtained 3 IT certifications and am near completion of a degree. I have completed these within the last 3-4 years. Even though I have IT experience, I consider the experience to be "old" experience and that it does not count. Would it be out of line to apply as a 40 year old intern to gain more up to date experience? I am at a point where I am not sure what to do. I carry a lot of guilt and people have put me down for being an at home dad. I am actually thinking of changing degree paths to "sell" myself as a fresh grad embarking on a second career.
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:48 PM
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Good luck. Business are very picky with who they want to today (Because they can afford to be so picky with hundreds of people going for one position) and if they even SNIFF someone who has been off of work for any length of time with gaps in their resume they don't even bother giving them a second look.

The " Unemployed need not apply" adage is very true in companies today. I
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:36 PM
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I'm not sure where you are applying, but I think if you were to go back to a school district, they would tend to be more lenient with your previous sah status, especially since it sounds like your training has been recent. It might be a way to get back into your field and then you can branch out a bit to more competitive companies with recent experience under your belt. It sounds like you have more knowledge now than you did in your last job, but maybe there is a higher level IT job you can get within the district. If you really want to only go for big businesses who specialize in tech, your chances will depend on how many qualified applicants there are, and your sah experience won't be in your favor (although the fact that you have almost completed a cert while sah is in your favor).

If you are truly ready for a chance entirely and don't want to do IT again, then go ahead and change careers.
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:10 AM
Location: Houston
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Rocky, you do whatever the hell you want! There is nothing to feel bad about for staying home and raising kids whether your're a dad or a mom.

I retired from a law enforcement career at 48 and just landed a job after about 10 months of looking. There definitely is age discrimination. Accept it and move on.

I'm not sure which discipline of IT you studied, but I can tell you that there is a huge demand for cyber security professionals.

My suggestion: I would try and get back into IT, make a good name for yourself with the company, enhance your resume, attend whatever training you can, and then consider switching industries. As a candidate for a new industry, you would be much more attractive if you were currently employed.

Good luck brother!
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