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Am I too old at 42 to re train?

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Ojoj1974 Sat 08-Apr-17 22:51:11

Hi, I'm 42 and have always worked in sales and marketing. I'm currently working from home, flexible hours, but mind mumbling dull work.
I have no idea what I want to re train as and I can't afford to pay to go to uni.
I love working with people, kids, caring but have lost a lot if self confidence.
I don't know where to start... I want a job I enjoy

crazyhead Mon 24-Apr-17 12:43:51

I'm in a similar boat aged 40. Another way of looking at it is can you mange 25 more years of a career you don't like?

You sound as though you've thought through what you feel you bring to the table in terms of what you feel you enjoy but I think you need to put a bit of work into brainstorming jobs you might do and what is involved. You might also find jobs that draw on your skills and experience. When you are feeling demoralised it is quite easy to write off what you've done and its relevance for future jobs.

You also perhaps need a sense of long term practical factors - what you need to earn, what hours.

It is hard, but a very typical question at our age I reckon!

4catsaremylife Fri 12-May-17 04:13:57

I retrained aged 48 I went to university via the access route and ended up doing really well academically so following my BSc hons graduation took on a MSc which I passed last September. Unfortunately now aged 54 I have really struggled to gain graduate level work,
My advice is to seriously consider what the career prospects are like in the area you are thinking of moving to and whether ageism is a factor

PotahtoPotayto Fri 12-May-17 04:50:51

Definitely agree with everything PP have said. You say you love working with people in a caring role. Have you thought about volunteering to start off with? Maybe just on weekends or something at first? I am not 100% certain about this, so do forgive me if I'm wrong, but I believe that most institutions or charities run on a roster of both volunteers and full time staff.

Perhaps if you're enjoying volunteering enough you could then look into the roles available and cater your training towards that?

Blossom789 Fri 12-May-17 05:01:06

Definitely not too old. I'm not sure which courses come with bursaries now but you could look into it - nursing, physio, occupational therapy type degrees.

Agree with the others, get some experience to check it suits you then explore further. There are plenty of assistant healthcare posts but that would probably mean a pay cut.

PositiveAttitude Fri 12-May-17 06:39:54

I've just qualified in something that is totally different to my qualification at the age of 21 and I am now 50.
If you get a student 24+ loan you wont need to pay it back until you earn £21,000 a year and then it is only a small amount each month from your wages.

Go for it!!

SSpuds Mon 23-Oct-17 09:53:42

I'm now just looking to do the same age 40. It's the greyness of work prospects at the other side and managing with even less than my meagre wage in between times.

Southlondonmum76 Tue 07-Nov-17 07:18:25

Go for it! 42 is not to old to retrain. Life’s to short to be doing a job you’re unhappy in.

If you want to work with people and children, best to do some voluntary work and this will open up opportunities for you. schools are always looking for volunteers. Hospitals too, you can volunteer on the wards, in the main reception area as a helper. Look into local hospices, day centres, youth centres. Also look at local charities working with the elderly. This can vary from popping into seeing someone week, assist with everyday tasks like shopping/gardening etc...

Good luck!

Jasminedes Tue 07-Nov-17 07:48:20

I think a new career at 45 or 50 could well become the norm if we are going to work to 68. Hard to give up pay grade to work your way into a new industry though.

KikisDeliveryService Tue 07-Nov-17 08:02:57

I have just started retraining at the same age. We probably have more working years ahead of us than we’ve had, especially as I’m sure I won’t be able to afford to retire at 67.

Winterdown Tue 10-Apr-18 17:26:56

@Ojoj1974 you are only too old when you stop breathing.

I am 45. I reinvented myself and switched careers in my 30s. It took me a long time (undergraduate and graduate degree). You are never too old.

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