Is it a good idea to return to school when you are in your 40's?
June 10, 2010 6:55 PM Subscribe
I am considering returning to University at the age of 42, and would appreciate some feedback on how it was for you as a mature student.
posted by cleo to Education (26 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have been thinking about returning to University to pursue a career in Nursing. Up until now, the majority of work that I've had has been in Accounting. Years ago, I took two years of courses with the Certified General Accounting program. I have never had any desire to continue taking accounting courses, because honestly I can't stand it.
Twelve years ago, at the age of 30, I quit work and went to University full time and obtained a Bacherlor of Arts degree with a major in psychology. The idea was that I was going to return to school to get my masters. However, lack of finances and debt put an end to that.
I was fired from my job a few weeks ago because I didn't have the knowledge/experience to do the job without training. It was in accounting, and my manager had originally told me that the position would be a great opportunity for me to learn and that she would train me - blah blah blah- but she later decided it would best for her to hire someone that she didn't have to train.
Since then I've been applying for work, and have registered with temp agencies. I just have this feeling this could be a new chapter in my life and that I should take advantage of it.
Ever since I was in University in my 30's I've always felt that at some point I would return to school. Now I feel like this is the opportunity that I've been waiting for. I am now living in the same city and province as my family, where previously I was living very far away and didn't have any emotional support, which made it that much more difficult. I'm living in a city with a much lower cost of living, as well as lower tuition fees.
So, what I want is to hear about experiences returning to University and starting over when you are in your 40's.
I'm just trying to figure out if this is a crazy idea, or if I should just go for it.
Thanks for in advance any advice given.