Hello. I'm just about a year out from finishing my career retooling/enhancement/who knows degree in Computer Programming. It's an AAS, though I'm getting it with an eye toward finishing up a BAAS and not as an end. I'm 38, so another old dog.
So, my first stab at the IT field was back in the late 90's. I picked up my A+, some Microsoft certifications (NT Server 4.0, TCP/IP), etc. Ended up just absorbing some IT duties with my existing position with the state government (Designed and supported the division website, other various tech support type stuff).
Life happened, I left that job and went back to school -- Became a respiratory therapist. Have about seven years of clinical experience now, and figured out a while back I couldn't do this for the rest of my career -- Tons of reasons. Physically, stress, health, ethics, etc.
And here I am back at refreshing my IT skills. I was directed toward IT Security, though didn't find it nearly as interesting as the programming offerings. I suppose my job prospects would have been better, but I'm not doing this to quick doing something I don't enjoy to just transition into something else I don't enjoy -- The programming just seemed more fun, and hopefully the job prospects work themselves out later.
Any ideas on where to focus with that mix, professionally? I'm hoping to find something peripheral to health informatics/IT to try and keep some utility to my clinical experience, but it's not a must.