I am 36 total newbie at programming and have spent 15 months learning Python from my home with a simple book. I am by no means an expert on it but I am pretty confident I know what I am doing with it and find I enjoy it. It was tough for me at first being I have never tried to learn programming before but I got the hang of it. I have not finished learning it yet and I realize I will never be able to learn all of a programming language as they are generally too big but you can get a good grasp on the fundamentals.
I want to eventually get work programming but I really don't know what the field requires these days to get into such a thing. All my previous work experience has been totally unrelated from IT (customer retail) but I justwant very small time work for small time company's as I know realistically that's all I will get, at least at the start.
I plan to learn more Python then try to move onto other languages and learn them for another 2 or 3 or more years before I can begin to consider myself for small time programming work. Some of you may say that there is no such thing as 'small time' programmer work but I have been told many times that simple work such a 'de-bugging' is very much the simplest (at least by programmer terms) thing to do for companies. Of course the pay is bad but I don't care. Even if I am an intern I don't care even though its a little embarrassing to be one at my age.
I worry I am too old also but that may be for another post another time.
Advice from anyone who knows about the industry would be appreciated, I just want to know if I would be totally wasting my time here or not, especially seeing as the job economy isn't exactly brilliant these days. Ty.