How old is too old to start over?
November 13, 2005 9:14 AM Subscribe
Another 40 year old in need of a new career.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A bit of background - I've been doing marketing in the music industry for about 15 years. I no longer enjoy the industry on the whole and it's completely unstable these days. In fact, for the last 5-8 years I've been moving from various job to various job just trying to keep my head above water. I don't really enjoy marketing and to make matters worse, the kind of marketing I specialise in is just not very applicable to other products which makes applying for other marketing jobs very difficult.
What I'd really like to do is start over. I'd be willing to go back to school for something for a few years if I knew that it would lead to a good job and a career with long term security but I just don't know what that is. I will be buying some of the books that previous posts have mentioned but want to also ask for advice.
What do I do for enjoyment? Well, I still love music and I also like technology and working on computers. I have no programming experience but would be willing to learn a few languages if I thought I could use that to go in new career direction. I enjoy working with graphic programs like Photoshop and even thought about going to school to learn graphic design. However, when I'm honest with myself I realise this idea may be based more on the attractiveness of working creatively on a computer all day rather than any particular passion for graphic design. So that's probably not a good idea and anyway, at my age, I'd really rather avoid fields that are so competetive that it just leads to future instabilty.
Apart from any suggestions, I'd really like to hear stories from anyone who has started a completely new career later in life. Has anyone applied to med school after 40 years old or perhaps become a lawyer or an architect? I know conventional wisdom says it's never too late to start over, but practically speaking, how true or realistic is this?