Am I too old to start over again?
August 9, 2012 6:53 AM Subscribe
Unable to find consistent work since 2009 I'm thinking of reskilling again. I'm 38. Is this too old?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I went to university in 2005 when I was 32 and came out in 2009 with a first class degree in product design. since then I have tried and failed at being a freelancer, failed at getting any design-related job at any level and now feel like I am too old for people to take me seriously.
I don't think that I will ever be offered a regular job again as my age vs skill level doesn't balance well. I've gotten all cynical with product design and no longer as passionate about it as I once was. And so I believe I will have to strike out on my own to achieve something with my work life.
Because of this I am thinking of reskilling AGAIN and learning Blender (open source 3D modelling / animation software) so, when I am skilled enough I can teach it, write books on how to use it and to use it in a freelance capacity (maybe). I feel passionate about this product and the open source ideology behind it and the strength of the community.
I predict that for deep knowledge of the product (enough for me to write and teach it) it will take me 4 years. I will be 42. Is this too old? I feel this is too old.
No idea what I am doing with my life and this feels like this might be clutching at straws / last chances / etc.
Advice welcome. Thanks. x