(Closed) Career… starting over at 27? (Need help from late 20s and + year old bees…)

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: What do you think?
    Too old to start over (I'm 26 y/o or older) : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Too old to start over (I'm 25 y/o or younger) : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Not enough passion/skill for the endeavor : (24 votes)
    21 %
    Not too old to start over entirely, but too old for med school : (9 votes)
    8 %
    Other opinion : (13 votes)
    12 %
    Start over for med school : (53 votes)
    47 %
    Start over for something else? : (8 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee

    @generalquestion:  why no option for start over?

    Youre never too old for anything unless youre dead. I started grad school in my late 20’s, I have mates who are even older just starting. If you want something go for it. Dont make excuses or look to others to make them for you either. Just get it done!

    Post # 5
    1839 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i don’t think you’re too old, but I feel like med school could be very difficult if you say you don’t have a passion for anything. 

    Post # 6
    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I started my undergrad when I was 25 and I’m in my last semester at age 27. Seriously, age ain’t nothin’ but a number. I think that being older, you can bring more life experience to your education and you will appreciate it and be more interested in it. Just make sure you’re really passionate about what you’re going back to school for, or you’ll just wind up in a mountain of debt at the end. 

    Post # 7
    2254 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @generalquestion: It’s never too late. My brother just left a career in finance to pursue his medical degree at the age of 34. My Darling Husband just enrolled into school to complete a degree in petroleum engineering. He’s 29. He’ll be 34 or 35 when he finishes. I’m contemplating a career change as soon as he’s done. By then I’ll be 34. As long as you’re serious about making a career change and not just chasing shadows, you’ll be fine. Can you ever imagine telling someone that at the age of 26, you’re too old? You have so much of your life left! Go for it.

    Post # 8
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee

    @generalquestion:  if you do ph d program then you can go to programs that offer funding. Im not certain about med school for psych but general med school peeps make enough after to easily pay off loans.

    But I feel like youre trying to be talked out of it. Anything that will pay you well in the long run will take a large commitment to complete. its the way of the world

    Post # 9
    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I decided to quit my admin/marketing job and get a law degree when I was 28. I don’t think that’s as difficult as med school, but I didn’t think it was too bad. I’ve also never had a strong passion for any one profession. I mean I like what I do now, even though I’ve only been practicing a few months. But I could see myself being just as happy doing something else. But most importantly, I’m happier now than I was before I decided to go back to school, so I say go for it!

    Post # 10
    3692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I was 27 when I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up!  I’m 30 now and working on finishing up my bachelor’s degree since I dropped out of college when I was 20.

    Post # 11
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Normally I tell women to go for it, and that age doesn’t matter, etc etc.  However, since you’re getting married, this conversation does not need to happen with strangers on the Internet — it needs to happen with your fiance.  What does he think of your idea to go back to school?  What are your plans as a couple for the future?  When are you planning to have children, if at all?

    Medical school is a huge committment, and your residency may take you to other parts of the country.  You have to involve your fiance in this choice.  

    Good luck!

    Post # 12
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    You are certainly NOT too old to start over. My mom is in her mid-50s and went back to school for Psychology and toootally switched careers 🙂

    However, I suggest KNOWING what you want to switch to before spending the time and money to earn the degree. It would be very upsetting if you spent thousands of dollars and hours only to feel like you need to go back AGAIN because path 2 still wasn’t right.

    Post # 13
    914 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t think you’re too old, I knew a woman who was a nurse for over 20 years before she decided to go back to med school and is now an OB/GYN. Nursing itself is actually a big second career choice for a lot of people. I would estimate that about 60+% of my coworkers had careers prior to nursing, including military, an accountant, store management and police officer.

    That being said, if you are not into it, med school is a lot to take on, especially psychiatry. My other job is for a psychiatrist and it takes a LOT of time to go through med school, then the additional training that psych requires. Maybe you should try nursing and you could be a travel nurse. It pays well, you get to travel (and choose when you go) and it keeps things spiced up. Good luck in whatever you do, but just remember you’re never too old!

    Post # 14
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Tons of people aren’t even out of grad school before 27. You will, on average, have 50+ years left to work. 27 is not in any way, shape, or form “too old” to start a new career.

    Post # 15
    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Well I don’t think you’re too old, but if you aren’t 100% sure about a PhD or medical school, don’t do it (yet). I’m finishing my PhD in a few months and it is a long haul and you have to be on your game for 5+ years. Most PhD programs in the sciences and often psychology are funded, but not at free standing or some small private universities. If you have a good GPA and GRE score (over 1200/1600) you should be able to get a funded program. Medical school is extremely hard to get into and get through. You would need a good GPA and a very good MCAT score (31+) to get into a decent medical school these days, especially as a nontraditional student. Sorry, not trying to be negative or talk you out of anything, just trying to emphasize the rigor of these programs. You need to be extremely motivated and sure of what you want if you want to get into and finish a PhD or MD. 

    Try to narrow down your interests. What about medicine or psychology/psychiatry interests you? Research or working with people? Are you more interested in biology/medicine or psychology/counseling? How are you with blood? Are your hands steady, even with caffeine and/or when nervous? Are you good at public speaking and writing? Are you ok with working 50+ hours/week? Are you planning to get pregnant in the next 5 years? 

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