I have a decision I must make and am not around the right people to help me make it. I am very interested in hearing from either people who have been in my situation (long-term unemployed AND over 50 years old OR from someone who hires people).
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You are in a bit of a tricky situation. I attended a School in SF that teaches full-stack software engineering and we have had students from 18-58 pass through our doors. Being older can give you some challenges, but that doesn't mean you can't make software engineering your career at your current age. My biggest concern for you is your current savings. Although Chicago is not as expensive as SF, $3,500 is not going to last very long, not to mention that you have to factor in transit from Italy as well.
You do have an advantage, which is the fact that you have some previous experience in the tech industry, but bootcamps seem to be the most effective for students that have some current knowledge of the industry and want to gain a new specific skill.
I read all your references and it looks like you have a good curriculum and experience as well. The bootcamp would serve to update you and bring you back to the job market. Here at school, we received many job offers for our students and none of them specifies age. Because there is more demand than programmers, this is not a common issue to take into account. You can also work as a freelancer later. First of all, you need to like programming, doing something that you really enjoy.
As for location, as you are in Italy, I suggest you bootcamp in Europe. There are several excellent schools and so it would be easier for you to fund the course as well. Some schools offer scholarships for women and the unemployed, this also lowers the value of the investment. Others allow you to pay the installment, so you will have time to find a job.
You can contact us if you have any questions, we will be happy to help.
Kind regards from Barcelona