Older coding student - 51 years old

Sounds like you have a varied coding background, which (I think) is good. I think that the annual S.O. Dev Survey is always a good start to get basic demographic info on the dev. community:

It also depends on what you want to build. What interests you the most in technology? Where do you think you could have the most impact with your skillset? Contract work is an option and maybe p/t contract work too. Do you think you’d like to mentor students /learners somewhere?

There was just an article in the NYT about a recruiter and closemindedness (ageism) in hiring (on all sides, employer & recruiters). Well, that’s what I gleaned from the comments–there’s a ton of talent out there that is (gasp!!) older than 45! (sarcasm noted). So, ageism, while illegal, does exist–especially in technology (more so for women, sadly)–but it’s difficult to legally prove. So, that can unfortunately be an obstacle. The system is broken and needs to be changed (but that’s a discussion for another forum).

That said, once you’re ready, make sure you have a professional write your resume and if you don’t already have one, create a LinkedIn profile. There’s a lot of excellent career advice on sites like Muse and Flexjobs and elsewhere. And, make sure you have a portfolio of your projects and a GitHub account. Saying you can do something is one thing, showing potential employers what you’ve built is better. Make connections on LI, talk to people who are doing what you want to do. Check out Meetup. And, Codecademy has chapters around the world that fit almost every subject in technology: https://community.codecademy.com

Check the forums too. There have been threads where we’ve discussed this very subject with more than what I’ve said here.

I wish you luck!