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To think I'm too old to do this

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Youspinmeround95 · 02/08/2017 10:09

I'm 21 and I'm planning to study a levels from September and will be 23 when I finish. I feel too old but I'm not interested in any of the access to he courses. I've worked since I was 16 in retail.

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MirabelleTree · 02/08/2017 10:11

Not at all. I did an A Level at 22 and went to University at 23. I was a mature student but a very young one. You get people doing this at all ages.

regularbutpanickingabit · 02/08/2017 10:12

Go for it! Doesn't matter how old you are, you are making a responsible decision to open more doors by studying. Be proud of yourself for wanting to. Anyone who judges you badly for it has a skewed view on life.

Velvetbee · 02/08/2017 10:13

Never too old for education which should be life-long. However do you have a college that offers A level study for adults or would you do it via correspondence/self study. Evening classes and other adult ed has been cut to the bone.

Belladonna123 · 02/08/2017 10:14

Go for it OP! I wish I was as 'old' as you Wink i'm 40 and just about completed my nursing degree! Good luck in your studies Flowers

Youspinmeround95 · 02/08/2017 10:16

I'm doing three via distance learning but I have found a tutor to do some one to one evening sessions with so I get support from a person to.

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inkzooka · 02/08/2017 10:17

No way. I'm going back to finish my 3rd year of uni at 23 - I did A levels 'late'ish and honestly, nobody cares.

headinhands · 02/08/2017 10:20

I did my GCSEs at 26. My daughter's the same age and starting a PhD Grin

MsPassepartout · 02/08/2017 10:22

No! Not too old at all!
If you've found a subject that interests you, and will improve your job prospects, then go for it.

And you're never too old to study just for fun. I have a 70 year old relative who's just completed an Open University degree, simply for the love of learning, and they're planning on starting another OU module this year.

lettuceWrap · 02/08/2017 12:02

You are not too old! I did my Highers (Scottish uni entry exams) at night college and then started university at 24- I was the youngest of the mature students in my year (they went right up to retired age, with most being mid20s-mid30s). Go for it!

youaredeluded · 02/08/2017 13:02

I started my A levels at 20. I now have my PhD and have a fairly successful career. I am 30 now. 21 is still so young... do it if you want to :-)

ambereeree · 02/08/2017 13:04

Not old at all. good luck

mumeeee · 02/08/2017 13:52

No you are not too old. My youngest daughter is 25 and just finished university this year. She said there were a few people on her course much older than her.

MaryShelley1818 · 02/08/2017 13:56

Never too old to learn! I did my degree at 35yrs old...I'd happily do another :)

Damedottie · 02/08/2017 13:59

You are not to old, 23 is so young and you will have made more effort to change your life for the better to get them and so will really appreciate the new oppertunities they bring. I think it great!

sadeyedladyofthelowlands63 · 02/08/2017 14:23

Do it! I am the only one in my family who got qualifications at the "proper" time - my parents and siblings between them did A Levels, degrees and a masters from 23 to 65!

Genghi · 02/08/2017 14:36

Pushing 40 and just started my degree. Just mentioning some of my grades (obtained often while working 60 hour weeks) in interview has given me promotions far above graduates my age. Employers def respect mature students more, doubly so if they can plan study around their work.

ems137 · 02/08/2017 14:36

I'll be starting my degree next September at 33 years old 😳

I had a student midwife come to visit me postnatally a couple of wks ago and she was in her 40s maybe even 50s.

It's not that unusual these days to be going back into further education. I left school at 15 and worked in retail, worked my way up and by 23 was a manager for Waitrose earning a pretty good salary. Once I had children I found the hours too unpredictable and not compatible with child care and moved onto night shifts. I'm a SAHM at the mo with 2 more very young kids. I'm using my time to study with a view to going back to work in a much better job once they're in school

WaxOnFeckOff · 02/08/2017 14:40

You have around 45 years left to work OP - definitely not too late!

My SIL went back to Uni in her late 40s/early 50s and is now doing a job she loves for the next 10-15 years rather than someting she hated.

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