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Can an older person learn a programming language

"After the age of 55, my company no longer provides training for its staff to help in their career development and day to day work. It considers that by this point in their career, employees are fixed in post and that it's not a good investment to train them further".

Well at least that policy was honsetly stated ... and re-told to me by a very bright greyhaired employee who WAS on a course I was giving - through a mixture of his own refusal to take the first paragraph lying down, the necessity for him to learn the topic, and because we only add 50 pounds per trainee per day for extra students that you add on private courses.

If you remain bright and sound of mind, you are never to old to learn. And even if you're not quite a pin-sharp as you were in your youth, the benefits of age and experience make you much more efficient and focused on what you're doing; you'll be overall more effective and not less. It's a joy for me to train people half my age - AND it's a joy for me to train the occasional person who's perhaps even retired at 65 from a regular job and is getting involved in something new - perhaps as a second career, perhaps as a volunteer for a good cause he/she supports, but certainly for the pleasure it brings.

{Index under - Senior Citizen, OAP, Open Source training, Perl, Python, PHP, Programming, Web - and the answer is YES you can ;-) ]
(written 2005-08-10, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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