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#1476 - 03/04/2009 02:12 AM Changing Careers due to age???
Margaret37 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/04/2009
Loc: TX
Hey all i'm new to the site and read some great feed backs and just had to join. Okay here's where I need some advise. I am 37yrs old and a mom of 3. I am really considering going back to school and have been for some time. I'm looking into online classes to start because my little one is 3yrs old. Okay here comes the question... I have 36 hours in Criminal Justice and obviously i'm too old to persue an officers position which is what I wanted some 19 years ago. I want something in demand and that if need be I can support myself and my 3 kids if somehting were to ever happen in my marriage. I'm not looking to be rich but looking for stability and not have to worry about living week to week. Obviously at my age an associates is probably my first stepping stone. Just to adjust going back to school but I have been in the Transportation field for the past 20 years as far as my career. I'm looking for some opinions on what else is out there that may fit my needs as far as through your personal experiences. How crazy am I 37yrs old and not a clue of what I want to do? I know it but any input would be great and appreciated!


Edited by Margaret37 (03/06/2009 10:06 AM)

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#1481 - 03/13/2009 18:33 PM Re: Changing Careers due to age??? [Re: Margaret37]
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Registered: 12/10/2008
Loc: California
You might want to check into career counseling. You can find out a lot of the careers you are interested in as well as salary information in the Career Planning section of this site.
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#1498 - 04/03/2009 02:06 AM Re: Changing Careers due to age??? [Re: Margaret37]
hereinvegas Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/03/2009
Loc: Las Vegas
Your first step is to find a community college, in state, that you can review your transcripts with and devise a path. Then, get you financial aid papers filled out, along with any applications you may need for school. They will go over all of the details of online, distance learning. It is great! I have been doing it for a year now. Then, sign up for that first class and kill it! You will feel so good once you just get started! ... It begins with one step!
You can always do criminal justice with behavioral science... keep it broad so grad school is an option. Just focus on getting those first couple classes done with great grades, and you will be rolling in the right direction!
Good luck!!!

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#2118 - 05/24/2011 21:13 PM Re: Changing Careers due to age??? [Re: Margaret37]
newlevel9 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/24/2011
Just be careful of the online schools. I went that route and I got into debt
over $30,000.00 and when I went to a Jr. College they would not accept
my credits. A waste of money and time. I am in the same boat along with you.
I do not have a degree, and I am 55 years of age. I want to get my degree,
not to make alot of money but just to be able to have health insurance, retirement and to not have to live from pay check to pay check. I am
thinking about Speech pathology but I have 3 more years left and I am
55 years old.

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