I quit my comfortable job that I did not see myself doing long-term to continue my schooling. I expect I will be in my thirties when I graduate with just my bachelors. Is it realistic to get a job given my age? How can I improve my chances to make myself a better candidate?
It depends of course where you live, but the corporate world is very much interested in people with stats knowledge. Big Data, Cyber Crime, Social Media analyses, just to name a few are hot topics. You'd probably want to learn something related to that field (e.g. learn a bit about databases/storage when going into the Big data field).
30 is still young, no worries there :tup:
Just have a look at the vacancies you're interested in (use a site like monsterboard.com), and see what the job requirements are. Learn the gaps, get a certificate if that's important in your country/line of business and you've got yourself (almost) a job..
I just graduated at age 30 with a BA in statistics. I took several computer science courses (Linux, year of Intro in C++, Java, Data Structures, Algorithms) and my school's stats program uses R in every course so I graduated an expert in R. Did an REU the summer before senior year and an internship with a city government's statistics department the summer before junior year. All of that experience made me a desirable candidate in the job market. I was recruited by several big tech companies and ended up accepting a job as a Junior Data Scientist at a fortune 100 insurance firm (chose the job bc they're paying for me to do a master's in comp sci). It does get a little old sometimes being in cohorts and groups of traditionally aged college students (18-22). I do feel a maturity gap. But, overall, I feel I made a great choice. I think you'll have plenty of job options, especially if you work to acquire modern data science computing skills like SQL, Linux, R, Python, and Github.