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Is 40 too late to start a career?

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Annemarie2002 Tue 04-Feb-20 20:03:28

As the title says really. I’ve finally found a job that I really love and would love to progress. I’ve recently had a baby (surprise as have older teenagers too) but have really good childcare and would love to expand my current role even though I’m only part time. I’m currently browsing online courses and wondering if I’m too old or have too much responsibility at home to think I can make a career for myself? Am I kidding myself? Or have other people made a go of it career wise at 40 plus??

Any input would be amazing

Thanks in advance

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Polkadotdelight Tue 04-Feb-20 20:04:16

At 40 you still have 28 years to work before retirement. Go for it!

Shmithecat2 Tue 04-Feb-20 20:06:42

What @Polkadotdelight said! You've got years of work ahead of you, so it might as well be doing something you love! My dsis has just started an access course to midwifery at 51. She couldn't be happier.

Itis6oclocksomewhere Tue 04-Feb-20 20:08:16

I'm now making a go of it and I turn 40 this year. I'm studying for AAT Level 3 and had an interview for a Finance Assistant position this morning. Won't know if I'm successful for a couple of days, but even if I don't get the job it was great interview experience.
Go for it!

partysong Tue 04-Feb-20 20:09:02

Yes do it! 40 is nothing

Careersytype Tue 04-Feb-20 20:09:35

Go for it

Annemarie2002 Tue 04-Feb-20 20:14:07

Awww thanks everyone! I feel much more positive now!! Ok I’ll keep looking at my courses and go for it!

Thanks so much smile

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Shmithecat2 Tue 04-Feb-20 20:16:48

@Itis6oclocksomewhere good luck@ 🍀

Happygirl79 Tue 04-Feb-20 20:19:02

At the age of 43 as a single parent of two children I pursued a career in financial services. I was employed by a well known high street bank and earned a great salary plus a company car. Great pension too.
The only thing that can stop you is your own fear.
Live your life to the full
Chase your dreams
Don't let them be buried with you in later life
Good luck

Northernsoullover Tue 04-Feb-20 20:19:26

I bloody well hope so. I am retraining and will be 49 when I graduate. Just do it!

lovingthesunalways Tue 04-Feb-20 22:13:25

No you're not!! I'm 43 and have changed career path completely over the past 5 years. I have 3 children and work full time but have been studying for the last 2 years and finally completed all my exams last week. It's given me a whole new lease of life! Go for it!!

sweetkitty Tue 04-Feb-20 22:18:11

I became a teacher at 41!

Itis6oclocksomewhere Tue 04-Feb-20 22:47:59

Thank you Shmithecat2! 🤞🏻

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