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I am almost 33, is it too late to go back to school for a masters?

I am almost 33, is it too late to go back to school for a masters?I am almost 33, is it too late to go back to school for a masters?2021-07-25 09:36:48Mr_冉

No. No. No. I can only speak from experience of being on hiring panels in my industry, but I've never seen employers bat an eyelid about someone being 30+ going for junior roles. 40+ and 50+ is different (although my boss would deny it).

The only issue with doing this in your 30s as opposed to 20s is if you have commitments like mortgages, family etc. There's many solutions to this including doing it part time, selling off mortgages and loans, living at home with parents etc etc but remember you're dealing with family, not rationally minded people, whether it be that they have a need to belittle your plans, just to be troublemakers or just won't let you leave your current situation. All and well if people are reasonable and respectful, but the point remains that your age isn't much of a factor here, it's planning and support. An issue I also see a lot is where people in their 30s drop their MSc as it is too much on top of a job and they underestimated the impact of doing it full time and/or with family or spouse breathing down their kneck when they should be learning and getting it done properly. And if you do plan to do it full time don't assume in any of your planning that you will get a job quickly after graduating. An MSc is a specialist degree and as such narrows what you can aim for, albeit you might end up with a better job than you have now. It's not a “passport to more pay” or something that looks better than a BA just because of the letters.

Plan it right, respect the challenges if you have commitments and you'll be fine. Age doesn't matter here.

Is it too late to go back to school at 45?

Is it too late to go back to school at 45?2021-07-25 09:36:52Mr_诸

Finally something I can reply on.

No most definitely not. My two sisters went to university and I always felt the stupid one out of us three. I was severely bullied at school for years because of a severe case of scoliosis and had to go through a major back operation. I then had to wear a huge body cast for a year. The bullies at school found this highly amusing and made it their mission to abuse me for years. I ran out of the school gates at 16 and vowed never to go to college or uni.

I always worked hard and reached Office Manager status but felt I was just cruising could do more. So I enrolled in college at the age of 44. I carried on working full time and went to college at night time. It was hard but I studied every spare minute, weekends and holidays. At the age of 48, I am now a qualified Accountant and have just landed the job of my dreams and increased my salary by £15k a year. I haven’t finished my studies and want to carry on and become a Chartered Accountant.

Never too late. I hope you achieve your dreams.

Is it too late to go to medical school at 36?

Is it too late to go to medical school at 36?2021-08-24 05:08:34Mr_闵

While it is not to late to go to medical school at 36, I would question why at this point you have decided to make this choice. I have known a few doctors that have successfully done this, and they each had a particular passion underlying their motivation. Since I cannot say what _your_ reason is, I will give one bit of advice. At 36, you will almost certainly end up becoming a primary care physician unless you have some amazing background and or connections that will get you into a specialty program. That being said, medicine has changed so much in recent years, that someone with the intelligence, independence and drive to become a physician will probably be very unhappy in most practice settings. Whereas specialists still have some control over the way they practice medicine, PCPs are more and more under the control of hospital administrators, insurance companies and various regulatory agencies. You will have spent a decade or so of extremely demanding training and likely have huge student loans and a salary that is considerably less than many tradesmen.

My suggestion would be to go to nursing school with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist or the like. The training is as little as two years before you can enter the workforce as you continue to train, you will not have six-figure student loans that force you into indentured servitude working 80 hour weeks. If you are not happy, you can walk away without having made such a tremendous commitment.

Ultimately, I believe you can achieve any goal you put your mind to, but I feel many people have an anachronistic and glorified view of general medicine in the 21st century. You need to dig deep and honestly evaluate your motivations before you make such of a lifestyle commitment.

Is it too late to go back to school at the age of 25?

Is it too late to go back to school at the age of 25?2021-07-25 09:36:39Mr_杨

I certainly hope not cause I’ve got several more years on you and I’m looking at going back to finish what I started forever ago.

BUT

I will say this. While it may never be too late to go back, it might be too late to go back and get the results you’re looking for.

I would hesitate strongly to suggest anyone 25 or older go back and get a full on, typical degree. You’re 25 now. You’ll be 30 by the time you get that 4year degree. While being 30 in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, the part you have to consider is will that degree make much of a difference when you are 30 or not. There is a lot to be said about experience. Would another 4–5 years experience get you to the same place a degree would?

Sure, we all imagine being able to work full time and go to school full time, but unless you have an awesome support structure at home, in the adult world that is almost impossible. I know very few places where you can have a full time job that will flex its time around your school schedule ever few months. And I’m talking about “grown up” jobs. Not simply 40 hour a week jobs. I mean, adult, paying bills, buying a house, getting on with life type jobs. If you have a job like that now, or imagine wanting a job like that before you turn 30, again, you’ve got to be realistic with what that means. You might not be able to go to school full time and work a “grown up” job.

So now you’re looking at being more like 33/34 years old by the time you finish school. Assuming you work at this same job and get good experience over the next 7–9 years, are you going to end up in a difference position once you graduate? Is there some door of opportunity that only a degree will open up that 7+ years experience won’t?

That’s the thing that so many of “us” “should I go back” people struggle with. It isn’t an instant fix. Going to school will not do anything for your current situation and a vast majority of the time, the current situation, is what we are trying to fix by going back to school.

So I suggest this, perhaps a traditional degree isn’t the right move, but maybe “going back to school” really means going and getting certifications and piling those up. My local state university does a business management certification and it is only 18 credit hours. There are lots of Project management certifications too. There are even some engineering certifications for my industry. All of those would be more beneficial to me than a 4 year degree at this point.
Maybe that’s your situation too. Really look at the options. Be realistic with where you want to end up. Set a goal, and work your way backwards. What do you need, really need, to get to that goal, and what are you willing to do to get there.

Now, maybe you’re not in that situation. Maybe you’re in the boat that a lot of other 20 somethings find themselves in. They didn’t go to school because “it wasn’t worth it” when they were 18/19 years old. They had buddies go off to different schools, and meanwhile, it was a better move for you to get a job. Maybe it worked for a couple years. But now you’re in your mid 20’s and your job sucks. And you don’t see any future. Maybe you’re struggling with the whole “what am I going to do with my life” that we all go through and you don’t have any idea because all of the options seem closed because you have no direction and your fast food based resume just isn’t cutting it anymore. If that is your situation, then yes. Go back to school. Accept the fact that you’ll be in a different position in life than a majority of other people in class, and that’s ok. You’re not doing it for them. You’re doing it for you. Do it. And get that degree, and do great things.

BUT

there’s always a but isn’t there.

DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT go back to school because you’re sitting there watching your friends that did graduate get these great jobs and you don’t have what you think they do. I’ve seen this too many times. People compare their situation to someone else’s, and they start to make really silly choices and it just digs it deeper. Remember, your current situation is just that, the current one. It will change in a couple of years and meanwhile, your buddies will be in over their heads in student loan debt and living beyond their means and stressed out and not doing anything cool anymore either.

Do it, but for the right reasons.

At 30 years am I too old to go back to school and live on campus?

At 30 years am I too old to go back to school and live on campus?2021-06-21 05:56:54Mr_巢

You are not necessarily too old to go back to school or live on campus, but I think it depends upon the person, his personal preferences, and his situation in life. Using myself as an example, I had no adult responsibilities with regard to others, when I lived in a community college dorm at about age 37, in order to earn a two-year Master's within one year at a school across the street, so I have some insights to share. I was surrounded by a bunch of twenty-somethings who thought I was "old", and because my first roommate was so bothered, he traded himself with someone else's roommate who was 40 something. One person asked me if I was irritated by being surrounded by so many "youngsters"; I was irritated from time to time by the way; I was occasionally irritated by a few dorm managers that were half my age. Living expenses were extremely cheap, although I could have leased an apartment on my own at the time. The food plan gave me ample food, although most of it was not at all healthy, and I gained a lot of weight.

Someone suggested instead that I work full time and have an employer assist with graduate school expenses, which meant that I would have needed to attend part time and that it would take longer, but I chose not to. I knew that I was taking some risk by leaving the work force to go to school, I deemed it acceptable risk, and in my case, it worked out ok. To some extent, but not much, the Masters assisted me in transitioning career fields as I intended, but did not really give me any skills that I did not already have. If I had to start 0ver and choose again, I am not sure what choice I would have made. At least for the Masters that I pursued, my plan was a rather bold plan, but part of me thinks that I should not have left the workforce while attending graduate school.

With regard to going back to school in general, choose wisely. A piece of paper does not necessarily mean anything with regard to real-world skills other than self-discipline, and the reputation of the school only accounts for so much. There are too many college graduates and many of which, especially the younger and inexperienced ones, cannot get jobs and are swamped in debt, as many academic programs do not give you any real-life skills; some of the professors are out of touch with reality and the school just wants your money. However, some say that the value of attending as a resident, is the people (connections) that you meet along the way. If you get hired, it will not be solely because you have a degree, for they will want to know what you are like as a total person, and you will need to be able to sell them with regard to what you have to offer, in comparison to someone else, assuming you can get an interview. There are other places to live while going to school, and there are alternative means of getting education, experience, and/or certification without going to school and amassing significant debt. How much bang-for-the-buck do you expect to get for the plan that you have chosen, short term and long term? What does your competition look like in the location(s) in which you want to work and the career field that you have chosen to pursue? I recommend that you scrutinize the available statistics carefully. I also recommend that you capitalize upon networking opportunities, and some students actually obtain jobs before they graduate.

Good luck.

When is it too late to go back to school for a Masters degree?

When is it too late to go back to school for a Masters degree?2021-07-25 09:36:37Mr_衡

NEVER ! I got my Exec MBA from Wash U (St, Louis) at the young age of 62 … my classmates were 30-55 yrs ago… It was a BLAST ! hda

I am 40 and I want to go back school to obtain my degree, am I too late?

I am 40 and I want to go back school to obtain my degree, am I too late?2021-07-03 23:54:29Mr_鲁

My mother started college at the age of 42. It took her 8 years to get her bachelor of arts degree. At the age of 50 she began law school, and was graduated at the age of 53. She is 83 years old now and still practicing law. My wife at the age of 52 began her studies to obtain a Master of Social Worker [MSW] degree which she just completed.

I have taught college and law school. It is well know in academia that students over the age of 30 do very well in school. Students over 30 are very serious, and they do not undertake school lightly. Regardless of what you do, in 2, 4 years from now you will be 2 or 4 years older.

You are never too old to learn. I have had students in their 60’s and 70’s in my classes as students.

Am I too late to get into a top university?

Am I too late to get into a top university?2021-07-06 14:24:19Mr_濮阳

Oxford, Cambridge say, "be f*cking amazing in academics. Get all A*s, 100s, 2400s (or anywhere close) in all your exams. ECs? F*ck ECs. We want Academics and academics only. Community Service? IRDGAF, if you climbed Mt. Everest to save the homeless. Did we mention Academics? Have good academics!"

Stanford, Ivy Leagues, MIT say, "Gimme some research work. F*ck academics. Have a good olympiad? Come in for our 4 year course, then. Have the scores, have sports, be frikkin' amazing at some goddamn thing; else, GTFO"

You are not late. Choose one. Focus on it. Get in.

I am in my late thirties, is it too late for law school?

I am in my late thirties, is it too late for law school?2021-06-19 02:01:16Mr_宇文

I obtained a law degree when I was in my early 40s. I was working full-time, and had a wife and two young children. It was tough on me, and maybe tougher on my wife.

I do not practice law, other than do some basic things for family and friends. However, I do not regret having the legal education and knowledge of law. It is practical in many ways.

One of the reasons I decided not to practice law full time is that I actually earn more in the software industry than I would as an attorney. It's true.

One myth about the legal profession is that all lawyers are wealthy and make multiple six-figure salaries straight out of law school. Not true. Not all of us can graduate top of the class at Yale, Harvard or Stanford.

Also, many glamorize the legal profession. Forget about winning a landmark case, settling a multi-million dollar law suit, or saving an innocent defendant from the death penalty. Those are very rare and mostly happen in movies. Most legal work is mundane, repetitious, and trivial.

I am probably not the best one to answer your question, but I would say that it is equally split among my lawyer friends who love their profession and find it very rewarding (emotionally, if not financially), and others who despise their choice of professions.

For working adults, I would suggest that a law degree works best if you can use it to advance up a corporate ladder.

In terms of a worthy job in the field of law, there are opportunities to give time or work at a legal aid society or legal clinic. But, just be prepared for the unexpected. These altruistic efforts are not what you would expect. You'll get your fair share of liars, people wanting to avoid obligations or hoping for an easy or quick solution to a problem that was years in the making.

So, in conclusion, study law for the practical knowledge. There will be opportunities to do good, especially if you can apply the law in combination with your prior experience and knowledge. For example, with my knowledge of music, I can help aspiring songwriters copyright their recordings and original songs. As a software engineer, I have helped several inventors obtain patents.

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