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

posted 7 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 # 62
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    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    you’re never too old. my mom went back at almost 40 to get her nursing degree. she waited until my brother and i were old enough to take care of ourselves, since she was a semi-SAHM for all of our childhoods. she didn’t regret it at all. she’s still in school, going for her masters degree in nursing (i think).

    Post # 63
    Member
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I started a completely different career at 26. It’s definitely not too late.

    That said, a PhD or MD is a huge investment of time, money, and effort, and I think you should have a good sense that what you’re studying is your passion. I actually took the GRE and applied to a PhD program a couple of years ago because I had a sort of personal crisis when I disliked my job and the direction it was taking me in. I only applied to one local program, and I didn’t get in because I am sure my application reflected it was not really my calling or passion.

    I was upset at the time, but I’m really grateful now. I found a job in a totally different field and I am so much happier with my work. Changing careers does not necessarily have to include a major investment in education. Maybe try a job in the field that interests you that you could get with your current level of education to see if that is definitely the path you want to take.

    Darling Husband went through something similar where he had a brief crisis wishing he had gone to med school–I think it is really natural at this age and stage in life to worry that you’re settling for something or not reaching your potential.

    Post # 64
    Member
    598 posts
    Busy bee

    Never too late to do what you love.

    Post # 65
    Member
    1462 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Never too late! I know a guy who decided to go to med school at like age 27 too, though of course it’s much more difficult for women to do the same if you’re planning on having a family soon.  But I agree with some other PPs that you don’t seem to be entirely sure or passionate about psychiatry.  2 yrs post-bac, 4 yrs med school, 3 yrs min. for residency (depending on your specialization) – are you ready to make this commitment?  Low pay and horrible hours too.  I went to an undergrad with the best pre-med program in the country so I have a large number of friends who are doctors.  You have to be REALLY dedicated, ready to make sacrifices, and love what you’re doing.  Good luck!

    Post # 66
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    2081 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @generalquestion:  it sounds to me like you’re burnt out. You sound like you’re creative though. Do you use or have any other outlets for your creativity? Have you ever thought about going into fashion design or floral design?

    Post # 67
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    7289 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Its never too late , however I don’t think med school is for you..based on the fact your dream is to travel and take pictures!

    Consider the time, debt and also lifestyle that people in the career lead.

    Think farther outside the box!

    Good luck!

    Post # 68
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    1511 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @generalquestion:  I’m 28 and I still struggle with finding what I’m most passionate about.  I love my job and company and feel like I could be there for a very long time, as there is a lot of opportunity for growth … But sometimes I don’t feel like I’m doing the “right” thing for myself.

    I feel like anyone can start over with a new career at any age, honestly.  But here’s the thing … I think you really need to be passionate about what you’re doing.  I mean, we’re talking about quitting your job, taking on massive amounts of debt (I’m assuming you don’t have a ton of money lying around to pay the cost of school out of pocket), lots of stress, and thankless years of residency before you’re really starting your career.

    I’m not going to try to talk you out of medical school if that’s what you really want.  However, it honestly doesn’t sound as though you know what you want.  I’d spend a lot of time researching various careers and options for school before committing to anything.  You don’t want to start medical school and then a year later realize it’s not something you want to do!

    I’d also suggest discussing this in depth with your fiance.  I ultimately think any decisions about career/school should be your decisions, but when your finances are combined, the other person should at least be on board.  Would you be able to live on one salary for the next 4 years?  How much student debt do the two of you have already?  These are the types of questions you should be asking as you consider your future schooling/career.

    But first, ask yourself the most important question: What am I passionate about?

    Post # 69
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I would sit on it and wait. If you can’t shake the idea you’ll find yourself persuing it.

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