Like so many others, I have had to make a career change in mid-life. I always enjoyed programming, and took a number of evening courses (Assembler, Cobol, Basic----I know this really dates me) as well as a course in PC repair and networking. Before I could obtain my A+ certification, I became ill with Chronic Fatigue, and my life was put on hold for several years. Now that I have somewhat recovered, I would like to resume my studies. However, I know some very skilled and high-level software architects who are having problems finding jobs.
I guess what I'm asking if anyone would be kind enough to offer some guidance as to whether or not I should pursue a technology career and go for the certs or additional degree (I have a B.A. in Music). Also, I have been approached by companies such as Smart Certify to sign-up for certification preparation. Does anyone know anything about the quality of this training? At this point in my life, I need to focus my energies in something that will bring me an income, especially in light of the fact that my energies are limited due to my illness.
Thanks in advance to any kind soul who can share some insights and help me with a very important decision.