My friend's husband is relocating him (no option to remain where he is) to Texas. There's not an option for him to stay in NY with his current employer and he makes good money, so they are moving. Mr friend works for NYS, so she has to leave her job to follow him to TX. Staying up here with her job isn't an option as they wouldn't be able to afford to live on her salary up here.
Since she's worked for NYS as a program auditor (she basically audits programs that receive money from the state) for so long, she's a bit worried that she won't find any comparable jobs in the private sector in Dallas. She's contemplating changing careers to IT, specifically networking/cybersecurity. She's smart enough to learn, and I don't think she'll have a problem earning her AAS at the local community college. I just don't know if an employer would hire a near-45 year old woman who spent two decades working as a state employee, especially for an IT job. They seem, just based on my workplace, and the workplaces I visit, to be very male-dominated. She asked me for advice, and I am at a loss to tell her yay or nay, as I don't know. Any of our IT people here weighing in would be much appreciated! If no one will hire her at her age, especially as a woman of her age, for an IT job, I want to be able to tell her that she might want to rethink that career move.