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In thinking 36 is too old

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Jellybeansincognito Wed 19-Feb-20 16:10:15

To graduate?

If I continue to do what I want to do, career wise I won’t graduate until I’m 36.

I can’t help but think this is too old?
Are you ever too old?
Will I manage to be taken seriously in a career as a beginner at 36?

ilovesooty Wed 19-Feb-20 16:11:11

Of course it isn't too old.

AryaStarkWolf Wed 19-Feb-20 16:11:18

36 is young, don't be ridiculous!

discusstin Wed 19-Feb-20 16:11:44

Not old at all! I did it myself.

Deadposhtory Wed 19-Feb-20 16:11:56

Go for it

Tentativesteps133 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:11:57

Those of us in our 20s/30s have decades of work ahead of us - best to do something you enjoy!

OhWellThatsJustGreat Wed 19-Feb-20 16:12:35

Not at all!!! One of my best friends has just completed a degree in marketing, she turns 40 in June.

You're never too old to better yourself.

Lostintransfixation Wed 19-Feb-20 16:13:04

Absolutely fine. I'm an applied psychologist and it was very common to have people on their late thirties and forties joining. Less so now. But I really don't think it would be a problem at all. As a slightly more mature employee you'll offer other qualities. I say go for it!

OrlandoInTheWilderness Wed 19-Feb-20 16:13:12

I'm 36 and starting access in September! Definitely not too old. What do you want to do?

plunkplunkfizz Wed 19-Feb-20 16:13:21

It depends what that career is. You might have more gravitas than some younger candidates which could be to your advantage.

Jellybeansincognito Wed 19-Feb-20 16:15:56

Social worker 😊

Jellybeansincognito Wed 19-Feb-20 16:16:12

Thanks a lot guys, I knew you’d rationalise my fears somehow!

Superlooper Wed 19-Feb-20 16:18:45

You have at least 30 years to work after you graduate, lots of time to use your degree

fullofpolroger Wed 19-Feb-20 16:19:07

I'm almost studies are on pause because I just had another baby. I can't work out if Ive retired, am on maternity leave or am a student. I won't graduate finally for another 4 years. I'm doing it for fun really but would still expect to be taken seriously in my career.

Seekingadviceagain2020 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:19:50

Just 30 years of working life to go..

ferntwist Wed 19-Feb-20 16:24:12

You could have another 35-40 years of working at the rate retirement rates are going. Go for it! Follow your dream.

glasshouse Wed 19-Feb-20 16:24:17

I graduated with my BSc at 56 and my MSc at 57. I was studying with a social work student who was also 56 and received two job offers before she graduated. Never too old.

WhyNotMe40 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:24:20

I'm going back to uni to retrain. I won't qualify until I'm 49. I reckon I will still have 22 odd years in my new career

Nowayorhighway Wed 19-Feb-20 16:27:06

I taught a 66 year old a couple of years ago who will now be two years into his archaeology degree, he will graduate when he’s 70. He didn’t want a career, he just had a genuine interest in the subject. You’re honestly only too old when you’re dead grin.

Bluetrews25 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:34:46

You need a bit of life experience to do that job well, surely?
You sound perfect.
Good luck with it all!

slashlover Wed 19-Feb-20 16:36:47

I'm in the third year of an OU course and won't graduate until just before I turn 45.

Ladyratterley Wed 19-Feb-20 16:40:05

Nope. When I was at university there were several mature students on my course. They ranged from being in their late 20's to around 50's. It seemed to make no difference to other students, tutors placement providers or future employers.
Personally I'd probably prefer to employ a graduate who had studied as a mature student as they literally are more mature! grin

abstractprojection Wed 19-Feb-20 16:41:17

I would say that it depends on the subject and career choice.

Those with defined professions like teaching and social work, which you mentioned, are pretty safe bets and benefit from a bit of age and life experience.

feelingdizzy Wed 19-Feb-20 16:42:18

I was that age when I retrained as a primary school teacher,I'm a headteacher now,so definitely not too late.

Jellybeansincognito Wed 19-Feb-20 16:42:26

😅. I certainly have plenty of life experience- good and bad.
I’d like to think I can put my sadness to some use and help others who are struggling.

It’s daunting.
But I suppose I just need to get on with it and do this to support myself and my family 😊.

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