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Unicorn1981 Sun 02-Oct-16 00:22:20

Hi I've been a credit controller for 12 years on and off. I haven't enjoyed it for a while and was going to go to college when I became pregnant with dd who was much longed for. I went back into it when she was one as we needed the money. AIBU to think I could try something else now or am I too old at 35? And what can I do now? When I was younger I wanted to be a police officer but had some bad luck with the application. Then I wanted to be a paramedic but got pregnant. Has anyone changed career at this age? What did you do? Thanks x

kerryob Sun 02-Oct-16 01:10:39

You've got another 30 years of work ahead, if you want a change go grab it. It's never too late, will be hard but it will be worth it. Think about what you do enjoy, speak to local colleges & see what they offer.

GuiltyPleasure Sun 02-Oct-16 01:15:41

I was exactly the same age when I completely changed my career. I was on maternity leave with DC2 & was dreading having to return to a job I hated. Saw an advert recruiting Probation Officers. I'd previously worked for the police & through that had come into contact with the service so it sounded interesting. I qualified just over 2 years later & now work as a Probation Officer in a prison & I love it. The training was a bit of a juggle with 2 small children, but absolutely worth it & I was nowhere near the oldest person on my course. There was a complete mix from recent university graduates to people like me older & looking for a career change. Another friend from my days working for the police left after 20+ years & is currently in her 2nd year training to be a midwife. You are definitely not too old OP, if there's something that interests you, go for it.

phillipp Sun 02-Oct-16 07:20:45

I am applying for jobs now for a change of career. I am 34.

Lots of my skills are transferable though.

35 is definitely not too old. Most people change jobs fairly frequently. If you got a new job now and stayed there, the would get 30 years from you. Which is probably more than employers expect to get out of anyone.

I would say start looking into it and give it a go.

slamdunkthefunk Sun 02-Oct-16 07:32:33

I've just moved into finance and started an accountancy qualification. I'm 38.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 02-Oct-16 07:39:39

The police used to have a maximum age, not sure if they still do. Think it used to be 35. But that was 20 years ago so may have gone up.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 02-Oct-16 07:41:11

Sorry, thought you were still wanting to be a police officer when actually it's not that clear. But whatever career you want now then yes make the jump. I changed career in my late 20s and am planning another career change in my mid 40s.

Unicorn1981 Sun 02-Oct-16 07:56:26

Sorry didn't mean to be confusing! I'd love to be one but there were a lot of cuts while my application was going through so I made it to a certain stage in the process then they decided they weren't going to take on any new officers. After that there wasn't a lot of recruiting so I gave up on that. I think I was just saying that I would like to do something quite exciting. I thought about retraining as an electrician after we had one round the other day and I was impressed how they fixed the problem. I think that is my problem- I can't seem to decide on one thing!

Unicorn1981 Sun 02-Oct-16 07:57:25

Or they (the police) were recruiting more from people who were special officers.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 02-Oct-16 07:58:41

You never know they may be recruiting now!

I can't decide what I want to do next either! I need to stay doing what I'm doing now until dd finishes school and then I will change! I have itchy feet.

suchafuss Sun 02-Oct-16 10:24:09

I am 48 and at uni retraining!

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