I wish I had found this board earlier, as it might have helped me make a more informed decision.
I am 40 years old, have a chemical engineering degree, and have worked for the same company for 18 years. I am severely burnt out with my job, and have decided a career change is what I need. During my 18 years with the company, three of them were spent doing IT work...specifically database admin and application programming. I really enjoyed this part of my career, unfortunately at the time I didn't want to move and the position was just a temporary one at my location. So I ended up moving into the plant "chemical engineer" job which I've been doing for the last eight years. That is my background.
Earlier this year I applied to go back to get a second bachelor degree in computer science. I got accepted! I am in a good situation...still single and no kids. I have the support of my parents and will be able to stay with them while attending school. Financially my situation is good, and my house (which I plan to sell) is paid for.
Why am I so scared then? Maybe it's because I may not be 100% certain that computer science was the right choice. All I know is that I do not want to continue what I am doing. I am still in my job. I plan to give notice in the middle of May and spend the two months this summer getting my affairs in order and taking a little time off.
I feel lucky to be in a situation where I can do this, but I still feel apprehension/fear. I would appreciate some input from those that have done similar things.