(Original post by Peter84)
I'll be 25 this summer and I haven't applied for Bachelor's Degree yet. I have finished Secondary School when I was 20 and somehow I thought that HE wasn't so important at that time, so I started my working path. Now, almost 5 years later, I understand how HE could have changed my life if I wasn't so stupid at that time. Even worse, I'd like to study something that have no relationship with my previous work experience, so basically I just thrown away 5 years of my life. If I just continued my studies after secondary school, right now I could be a well respected manager. I want to apply for undergraduate course in UK (3 years) but as an international student without adequate entrance requirements I have to take Foundation Course first (1 Year), so basically I'll be 29 when I'll get my Bachelor's Degree and I won't have any work experience in my field. How can I be relevant with all this guys who at my current age have already started gaining working experience after their Bachelor's Degree?
I wanna cry...
p.s.: listen to your parents
First of all, stop having regrets and be more positive!
I will start my degree in September just before my 26th birthday, so that means when i'll just have finished my masters by my 30th birthday!
This doesn't bother me in the slightest...I did completely waste a few years after flunking college quite badly feeling rather unhappy and going from one awful dead end job to the next, but also did some cool things like going traveling around Asia...
Anyway, point is, you always have time to turn things around, and we are both still young in our mid-20's!
I know so many friends who went to uni at 18/19, picked a course they ended up loathing by the second year, subsequently underachieving and now they have 20 grand worth of debt and wonder why they didn't wait until they knew what they wanted to do rather than rushing into it because it was expected of them by there parents/lecturers at college.
We are, in my opinion, in a much better position because we are older, know ourselves better, and even if you think you've 'wasted' your years after finishing school or college in reality it's ALL a learning curve and it's all experience under your belt...
Good luck! Go to uni!