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Am I too old for work experience?

(9 Posts)
OneHandFlapping Thu 21-Mar-13 20:30:16

I wanted to go back to work in my mid fifties. I would have bitten off the hand of anyone who offered me work experience in my chosen field.

Kernowgal Sun 17-Mar-13 15:34:56

I've just done a two-month work voluntary placement to help boost my skills - also did a six-week placement as part of a degree a few years ago, so definitely go for it! (I'm mid-thirties.)

I wouldn't worry about the girl from uni - OK it might be a bit embarrassing but your careers have taken different paths, it's not as if you both started at the same time.

trinity0097 Thu 14-Mar-13 17:13:52

I have a teacher working for me doing on the job teacher training who started his route with us aged 39 as a one day a week work experience person for a term.

Sunnywithshowers Thu 14-Mar-13 17:11:04

Of course you're not too old!

I'm 41 and in the first year of a BA. I'm going to have to do work experience in my 40's as I want to change direction.

I'm not worried about what my ex school contemporaries think about my life - there are more important things to worry about. Don't sweat it, there's nothing wrong with starting over.

Best of luck smile

trinity0097 Thu 14-Mar-13 17:08:00

I have a teacher working for me doing on the job teacher training who started his route with us aged 39 as a one day a week work experience person for a term.

bunchofposy Wed 13-Mar-13 17:08:20

If it helps I'm 35 and have just applied for volunteer work to get new experience. It's a great idea, if you have definitely decided against teaching. Just ignore what other people has done by whatever age and do what your instinct tells you. Good luck!

cocolocopoco Wed 13-Mar-13 11:36:11

Thank you!

The thing that complicates it a little is that a girl from Uni- who, by all accounts, has done awfully well has a permanent, fairly senior (for our age) job there now. Embarrassment compounded...

ChairmanoftheBored Wed 13-Mar-13 11:09:56

I would go for it! You have nothing to lose, and potentially a new career to gain. I am going to do a little work experience too. Not quite as drastic a career change as you by the sounds of it. I am a nurse and am thinking of going into a new specialism so work experience is a perfect way to check out the job before I make the leap.
I know what you mean though about being a bit embarrassed. I will feel like a student nurse again after 10 years!
Good luck

cocolocopoco Wed 13-Mar-13 10:47:57

I am 24 and a teacher. I really want a change of direction and am thinking of doing a month-long work experience placement at the BBC to achieve this.

Does anyone have any experience of this? Would it be worthwhile?

I am a little embarrassed to be doing work experience at my age, but thinking maybe I should just get over myself!!

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