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#1670 - 10/14/2009 16:54 PM 40 years old, thinking of going back for new degree
Angelsmbb Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/14/2009
Hello.
I would like to introduce myself: I am 40 years old, married with 3 kids 14, 11 and 2 and I am a stay at home mom. I have a degree in Communications and graduated in 1992. I work a small parttime job in customer service at home. I am now considering going back for a Bachelors in Science possibly in the Nutrition field (something I have often thought about over the last 17 years). I did work full time in budgeting and 401K account management up until 4 years ago when we decided to move south for my husbands job.

Now when I look at the job market and consider that I was not truly enjoying past jobs, I thought this would be the best time to go back. However, the thoughts of college courses(after 17 years,) studying, family, household, kids activities, day care, and the list goes on is very scary and exciting at the same time. Now since I will be going for a BS this will be almost starting over. I am thinking of starting slow (1-2 courses), to see how it goes. Any advice for would be greatly appreciated.


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#1683 - 10/30/2009 12:32 PM Re: 40 years old, thinking of going back for new degree [Re: Angelsmbb]
BackToSchool Offline
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Registered: 10/30/2009
Someone in your situation will probably consider an online degree. Don't do it!! Many professionals view online degrees as a joke, expecially older professionals who grew up during the era before the rise of the Internet. If you were an employer in today's economy had had just received 500 resumes for an open position (pretty common), would you rather choose someone from an online university or a traditional university? Also, be very, very careful with what you choose to major in. Few few fields are now marketable in the current economy, and there are no promises for the future. Nursing, accounting, and to a lesser extent, engineering, are all good choices. However, just about everything else is now dead. Let's hope you already have the professional experience for the field you want to enter, because a degree by itself is simply not enough. Good luck!

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#1725 - 11/25/2009 04:17 AM Re: 40 years old, thinking of going back for new degree [Re: Angelsmbb]
davisturner001 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/12/2009
I feel online education would be best suited since it would not require you to make any adjustment with ongoing routine and you can even take care of other responsibilities also. These days, well recognized universities such as Argosy, Kaplan, and Ashford have started online courses in various fields. They provide excellent curriculum which is regularly updated according to current market trends.

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#1738 - 12/15/2009 16:30 PM Re: 40 years old, thinking of going back for new degree [Re: Angelsmbb]
ncdave Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/15/2009
Right there with you. I have been considering going back as well and turn 40 in about 15 days.

My situation is a little different as I was a general contractor that is now unemployed and considering changing fields. Figuring out the finances with wife and daughter is going to be the difficult part. But with no other lights seemingly at the end of the tunnel, a change of career and further education doesn't seem too crazy.

It is certainly intimidating and a bit overwhelming to think of going back to school but anybody can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it. Let us know what you decide.

Blessings.

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#1767 - 02/15/2010 04:03 AM Re: 40 years old, thinking of going back for new degree [Re: Angelsmbb]
pinku Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/15/2010
22 years old, thinking about med school, too late?
Asked by Zach
I'm 22 and I work as a management consultant, just graduated from a top 20 school with an engineering degree in May of this year.I'm making a comfortable living, but I really hate the work I'm doing, and I seem to find little joy in engineering or the consulting profession thus far, mostly because I can't think of the real impact that I'm making in this world, other than helping some other company's CEO make money. I've considered premed in my freshman year of college, but I failed the organic chemistry I class in my first semester, since then I've given up. But, now I am seriously re-considering this option, I'm wondering if this is too late for most med school applicants or if I start over, will that failing grade in orgo haunt me forever, and I'm just wasting my time?

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