Hi everybody! I am looking to start my career at 34 now. My background is Bcom with some work (8 years back)experience as Articled Assistant(India) in CA office. I am good with accounting(bookkeeping). Recently I brushed up some Ms office skills here in the US. and also basic Quickbooks(accounting software).I live in Dallas. As I have observed, accounting jobs pay very less($10/hr)- considering I am at entry level here and no experience or reference locally. On the other hand, I have also done my Java Certification Program 8 years ago in India. I dont have work experience as a Programmer. And I dont remember anything that i studied. Recently, someone suggested me that there are desi software consultants here who give training in different IT courses and give placements to people no matter what their background is. So i started my hunt and guess what I got into more confusion. Are they genuine? Bcos, they try to push u to take whatever course they r currently offering. (QA or Java or .Net) MY QUESTION: 1. IF QA- how is the job market here in Dallas for qa(heard too many people taking up this course) does everyone get placed? 2. IF Java- I have confidence that if I put in efforts, I can catch up but how long does it typically take to gain a fair knowledge if I spend 2 to 3 hrs everyday.(Apart from the instructor led training) 3. IF .NET- some say that .NET is relatively easier than Java. Is it true and how long does it take to be ready to take up a job (in my case). 4. How practical is it to face a job as a Programmer for somebody with non-technical background. My husband is not in the IT field either. Now that leaves me in a fix. PLEASE HELP!!! THANKS A BUNCH IN ADVANCE Chakra.