I'm approaching my mid 20s currently in a job I hate. I've always loved technology and computing (pretty much spent my life on the computer as I'm sure most of you have!), and I'm very confident I want a career in programming/software development.
The problem is I'm not really at a point in my life where 3+ years of full time study at uni is practical and/or something that I'm interested in doing. Something that's perhaps full time for a year+/- would be more for me. I'm not so much worried in learning how to code in them as I am in getting some kind of qualification, I can self study easily enough as I am doing right now with python. Last year I started with writing small programs in autohotkey, mostly to automate certain things on my PC. Was great to start off with, simple and fun, and taught me some basic programming concepts.
Someone once suggested to me a while a go that I just do some cheap course on computing and then focus my time self studying on the field I want to be in, and going through industry certs (such as MS certs). Or maybe some polytechnic or institute focusing more on what I want to learn may be better? Would also prefer something that wasn't incredibly expensive.
Kinda disappointed in myself for waiting this long to finally do something, I know it's what I wanted to do for a long time - it was just easier to stick to building (it's not any more :p).
Appreciate any advice guys!