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Mature student looking for advice on life after undergrad

Hi,

I am graduating this year from a non-RG group uni with a degree in biomedical science. I'll be in my mid 40s after graduation (trying to change careers) and I'm not sure what path to take. I'd like to continue my studies with a Masters and a PhD and remain in academia, but I can't seem to get in anywhere. It's also financially untenable without working full time for maintenance (even if I get a full postgrad loan). I don't have any dependants, but also no savings or other help.
Due to lack of staff to train me to complete my portfolio, all the jobs available in the NHS seem to be Band 2 sample reception MLA which won't allow me to develop further skills.

Pharma won't accept me without a Master's and during graduate scheme seminars I was led to believe mature students might not have a good standing when applying.

Any advice regarding paths to take after graduation? Unfortunately, because of my age, I don't have the luxury to try out things just to find out they won't help me in the end. So I am tring to gauge what would be a secure way to improve on my skills while earning a decent salary. A career path with upward mobility.
What do you want to do?

If you really want to be a qualified pharmacist then apply for that track.

However if funding's an issues for me or I am are risk adverse then I might well be inclined to look first to training as a teacher and offering Science and English in China, Dubai or Saudi Arabia.

Then perhaps look at NHS job where one can at a later date work for an agency or a bank and be a student. Referring back as a Teacher it is a very useful qualification to have because one can earn £30,000 to £40,000 or more abroad. In China they will pay more in a two tier or third tier city that's outside Beijing and Shanghai.

I may like to consider applying for Doctors Associate, Phlebotomist, Healthcare Assistant work or a level 3 apprenticeship in Dental nursing and use this as a stepping stone. One of my peers who went to a Russel group university is now working in a cafe after his Electrical Engineering masters.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/talent-care-widening-participation/apprenticeships/medical-doctor-degree-apprenticeship

I may need consider doing the training abroad where age is not a factor just ability to pay or get funding as in the case of America, Canada some European countries.

Free Master degrees:
https://www.findamasters.com/guides/where-can-you-study-a-masters-for-free

Bespoke Tutoring for wealthy parents children (As means to an end to potentially fund courses)

Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6652725/Tutor-super-rich-earns-2000-week-travels-world-just-teaching-wealthy-kids.html
https://tutors-international.com/
https://www.tutoringfutures.com/
https://www.simplylearningtuition.co.uk/

Candied Fruit Video ( I'd elect to cut the orange into thinner slices)
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/0zPPXP_KSTc

All the best...
:hello:
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Original post by Ambergris
What do you want to do?

If you really want to be a qualified pharmacist then apply for that track.

However if funding's an issues for me or I am are risk adverse then I might well be inclined to look first to training as a teacher and offering Science and English in China, Dubai or Saudi Arabia.

Then perhaps look at NHS job where one can at a later date work for an agency or a bank and be a student. Referring back as a Teacher it is a very useful qualification to have because one can earn £30,000 to £40,000 or more abroad. In China they will pay more in a two tier or third tier city that's outside Beijing and Shanghai.

I may like to consider applying for Doctors Associate, Phlebotomist, Healthcare Assistant work or a level 3 apprenticeship in Dental nursing and use this as a stepping stone. One of my peers who went to a Russel group university is now working in a cafe after his Electrical Engineering masters.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/talent-care-widening-participation/apprenticeships/medical-doctor-degree-apprenticeship

I may need consider doing the training abroad where age is not a factor just ability to pay or get funding as in the case of America, Canada some European countries.

Free Master degrees:
https://www.findamasters.com/guides/where-can-you-study-a-masters-for-free

Bespoke Tutoring for wealthy parents children (As means to an end to potentially fund courses)

Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6652725/Tutor-super-rich-earns-2000-week-travels-world-just-teaching-wealthy-kids.html
https://tutors-international.com/
https://www.tutoringfutures.com/
https://www.simplylearningtuition.co.uk/

Candied Fruit Video ( I'd elect to cut the orange into thinner slices)
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/0zPPXP_KSTc

All the best...
:hello:


Very informative!

Thank you

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