I had settled for factory jobs in my small town while raising my son as a single Dad, but after getting laid off for the 2nd time I have decided that I am tired of starting over in dead-end jobs that go no where. I am definitely going to do some clep exams and start taking classes online in the fall. I have been learning Python the last couple of months and I really enjoy it (btw should I be starting out on a different language to code in for my first?) My main concern is that I will have to take out some student loans and I don't want to get stuck with a degree that I won't be able to find a job with. I know being in my mid 30s by the time i graduate an employer would expect I had more experience and I guess I am just afraid of not being taken serious. I am not sure how hard it is to get your foot in the door in this type of industry so it has worried me a bit, but if anyone has gone through a similar situation or can give me some advice I would appreciate it.