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Is it too late to study in university

I've been in administration of justice my past 3 semesters in college . I've realized that becoming a peace officer isn't for me. Now that I think of it, I want to study to become a software engineer. Since my overall GPA is very low I want to know how can I proceed. #college #software #engineer #college-admissions


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Michael’s Answer

It's never too late! A quick google will show you are in good company. Around 80% of students change their major. Luckily most of your classes the first couple years are generic and can be applied towards any major. I chose software engineering myself and ended up changing my minor after the first year.

I would recommend doing your best to finish out this year the best you can if its too late to switch classes up. Talk to a teacher in the software engineering dept to plan out how you need to change your class schedule and how it will impact your graduation date.

Start watching some tutorials on web development and buy some entry level programming books. Most colleges will start out teaching Java so that would be a great place to start.

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Mouna’s Answer

It is never too late to join a university. This is completely normal, students change majors all the times. Sometimes you think this the career path you want , until you start taking advance classes to realize that it wasn’t. First step is to speak to an academic advisor so he can show you the software engineering degree plans, as well as the requirement needed to be admitted to the university of your choice. If you are attending a community college right now, start taking your calculus, university physics, C++, Java, etc . These courses should be transferable to any engineering program and it will help increase your GPA.

Good luck,


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Gene’s Answer

Hi Giovani!

Good news - you don't necessarily need to go to college to become a software engineer. I graduated high school at 18 and dropped out of college at 20 but decided to attend a software programming bootcamp at age 30, after 10 years in the service industry. The bootcamp was about $5000 and then I was hired as a software support engineer about 6 months after completing the program. I have had the position for 4 years and currently help write software for the support department in order to work up to a full-time software engineer position. Many of my coworkers in the support department have already done this and arrived at their software engineer position. The reason this sort of journey is possible is because the software industry is deeply bereft of adequate talent and will hire anyone who is able to prove their talent. The university system simply cannot produce enough talented engineers so they have to look elsewhere. Learn as much as you can for free and then fill in the gaps as you need with an official online program. You may be able to get into the software industry without college and doing so will save you a ton of money in the long term.

Gene recommends the following next steps:

Study for free
Attend an online or in-person bootcamp
Get comfortable with Git and GithHub
Make and publish some apps (mobile or web)
Go to software meetups and make friends with people in the industry

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Dennis’s Answer

Giovani it’s never to late - actually great that your driven to succeed! Start with the Basics in Software applications and gradually increase to eventually the goal of being a software engineer -
Stay Focused and always remember that “if you put in the work, the results will come.”

Good Luck!

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Alex’s Answer

Hello Giovani, it is never too late to start university, I took 2 years vacation during my teenage years, but my recommendation is to go back to college only if you know you can handle programming hours straight. A lot of programming is self taught most of the time and there is a lot of trial and error. Before plunging into debt (hopefully temporary), see if you enjoy learning the basics of programming on your own and write a small script. Knowing well what your strength and weaknesses are can potentially show you new career paths too.

The benefits of attending an university are the opportunities/resources, like networking with people and learning things outside the textbooks. Make sure to take advantage of that if you choose to start this path.


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Viola’s Answer

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. Education is great for people to start off career. For me, the best part of going to a college is that i get to know more people, connect with the spirit, and challenge myself in terms of academic. I would highly suggest if you have the time and money to invest in it. It will definitely pay off for your career development.


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Ranjit’s Answer

It is never too late to join a university or start studying computer science. I know several people who have had a successful career in this field in spite of starting late. However, before you take the plunge, make sure you have an aptitude for this subject, and are willing to put in the effort to succeed. I can say from my own experience that a career in this field can be rewarding, but is very demanding.


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Ghazi’s Answer

Nothing is too late, as long as you have the desire to proceed and accomplish your goals. If your goal is to become a software engineer, then you need to learn basic programming skills and master them, then keep improving. You can find enough resource online to learn

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