The weirdest thing was going for my college interview parking my ZT next to all the Saxos and the like. It was weird enough walking into an educational institution after 15 years in the IT industry with all the "kids" running around. I've suddenly felt old.
And why am I doing this? I got where I am by experience only and have just spent the last 2.5years achieving all my Microsoft & Citrix certifications only to find they aren't worth that much because a lot of the jobs I'm going for which are higher up want a Degree and I have nothing academic. It seems my technical experience is worth nothing these days because the IT market is so dry they can ask for a low salary and still get someone . I've been "at risk" from Redundancy every 2 years it feels like.
So I now have another 2 years of balancing work/family/study which although I've got good at it can be stressful. And the financial side of things means there's no trading my old ZT in for that Celestial Blue ZT-T I saw for sale Although perversely I think when you're older you actually "enjoy" learning.