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OTgoal · 05/05/2021 11:13

Didn't want to hijack the other thread. I'm 46. I finally have time and could afford to retrain. Is it too late?

I already have a humanities degree and worked PT in a field unrelated to OT for 20 years. Complicated family responsibilities made anything else impossible until recently.

Two years ago I switched to working in home care with older people. It has made me want to pursue OT training even more.

Is it too late? I can be fairly flexible about location.

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OTgoal · 05/05/2021 11:14

Sorry,I meant to put occupational therapy in the title.

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MayIDestroyYou · 05/05/2021 21:08

Too late for ...?

You have money, time, flexibility and highly relevant recent experience. Are you here to make less fortunate people feel completely hopeless? Because it seems a rather pointless question ...

(I'm afraid I don't know what other thread you're referring to.)

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LaLaFlottes · 05/05/2021 21:54

I don’t think it’s too late - would it take 3 years? So you’d be qualified with many working years ahead of you.

Go for it!

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OTgoal · 05/05/2021 23:09

Are you here to make less fortunate people feel completely hopeless? Because it seems a rather pointless question ...

Sorry, that was not my intention. I am embarrassed to see how that OP came across without context. The flexibility and time are fortunate but arise from personal circumstances that are not.

The other thread was a long one about OP's DD picking a university.

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OTgoal · 05/05/2021 23:11

Thank you LaLaFlottes Smile I lost confidence over the years and am panicking about not being accepted due to age.

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MayIDestroyYou · 05/05/2021 23:17

No need to apologise, OTgoal!

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Frownette · 05/05/2021 23:21

Go for it! You're lovely and clever at any age.

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OccaChocca · 05/05/2021 23:30

You are absolutely not too old!

I am going back to uni in September to study OT as a second degree. I'll be 50 when I start! After a bit of a dithering I finally got my finger out and applied. I am really excited but slightly terrified.

My previous degree and career were completely unrelated but I have worked as a therapy assistant for the last couple of years.

I would recommend getting an NHS therapy assistant job. You'd pretty much walk it if you already have healthcare experience.

OT is great and it's a brilliant choice if you are a bit older as life experience is really valuable. I'm planning to work until I croak it so will hopefully have 15+ years ahead of me once I qualify.

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CoffeeWithCheese · 09/05/2021 13:32

Go for it OP! I'm in my 40s and 2/3 of the way through a SALT degree and I'm not the oldest on my course.

They will love you having experience to draw on.

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PresentingPercy · 09/05/2021 14:09

My aunt trained as a nurse at 48. There is a shortage of OTs so go for it! You and your experience will be welcomed.

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