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Starting degree aged 47-48 ....is it worth it ?

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    It's never too late to study Good on ya!
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    will I be too old to start a new career in law or engineering when I'm 52-53 ? Am I going to find it impossible to find a job
    Age discrimination is illegal in this country under the 2010 equality act.
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    (Original post by JerryC)
    Hi. This thread is pretty old now (not as old as me though!) but still thought I'd throw in my two cents worth since this seems to be a recurring topic - in fact, I posted a very similar question to the one asked just a couple of years ago when I was 54 (I'm now 56)

    My situation was slightly different to yours but I think the same basic principles apply. I was involved in the professional music business for virtually all of my working life, and when I became what I considered was a bit long in the tooth for it, I thought I might begin lecturing/tutoring new generations of those hoping to enter the industry. But I felt that I would stand little or no chance of getting such work without formal qualifications to go with my experience and hence I applied (and got accepted) for a place on a BSc (Hons) course in Studio Recording & Performance Technology. I skipped the first year of the course under whats called the APEL scheme (Accreditation by Prior Experiential Learning) and was extremely apprehensive about what was in store, but I need not have worried: I have had a blast with fellow students and lecturers alike, though admit to having worked extra hard to do the absolute best that I could.

    This month my hard work has been rewarded with a 1st class degree and I have even won a prize for best performing final year student in the department.

    Best of all, as a result of my experience and the contacts I made in uni, instead of going into full time lecturing, I am now fairly confident of winning a PhD studentship - which is way beyond anything I originally hoped for - and the fact that I will get paid a tax free stipend of £14k for it is a fantastic bonus.

    I still reckon I will have a few more years work left in me even after the three years this is gonna take, but it will have been worth it just for the exerience and the satisfaction it will afford me even if I dont find a job 'because of my age'. I therefore wholeheartedly echo the views of other posters - If nothing else, it will be a great experience, and like some others have already said, one rarely regrets what one has done - but rather the things you didn't do. Go for it & Good luck!
    Well done! Its good to know other older students are out there and doing well. http://studentat60.blogspot.co.uk/
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    I'd say go for it. If it makes you happy, even just studying it, it's all worth while.
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    Even if you are in your early 50s, it is not too late to do a career change. Also you should remember that the retirement age is set to go up in future and many of us who are now under 45 shouldn't be surprised if by the time it is our turn to retire the state pension age would be closer to 75......so you better plan on working for time to come

    I don't think doing a complete career change is the best way though, it is better to do something that you have interest in and also complements what you used to do.
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    Go for it, never too late.
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    Hey I wonder what decision that guy made.. Did he decide on Law or Engineering???
    Also, there are no guarantees that getting a First degree or an MA will get you a job. There will always be the age discrimination factor and you'll be competing with thousands of graduates half your age all vying for the job market.

    Still I hope he made it and has perhaps graduated this year - and is happy and satisfied with his decision.
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    Whether it's worth it or not depends on many different things:
    -How strong your regret is
    -Your desire to learn/change
    -Your economic and financial position
    -Affect on social/family life

    It seems whenever a person hits their 30s, they begin stagnating. They become comfortable and don't learn significantly new things. I have far more respect for someone that completed their degree in their own time in their 40s and 50s than a 20something.

    Edit: I just realised this is a VERY old topic, forum necros...
 
 
 
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