going back to college at 29??? realistic or insane?!!?

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 31
4387 posts
Honey bee

I would start by looking at jobs on linked in and indeed and such and see what type of work interests you and what the minimum quals are (not the preferred – those are always the ideal dream world – of course everyone would love a master’s with 5 years experience in 10 different kinds of software etc.).  A general business degree isn’t bad.  A well-rounded liberal arts degree will provide you lots of skills (writing, software, critical thinking and analysis) to go into entry level positions in a variety of fields.  But you have to be realistic – you’re likely to be a company’s Twitter b*tch or doing supply chain mgmt and inventory than making bank taking Fortune 500s by storm.  Also, usually one of the first classes offered in any major or freshman class is a 100 level course exploring career options in those fields.  Call up your local university and see if you can audit the class or talk to their job counseling office.

Honestly, a 2 year isn’t going to get you much other than basic clerical work unless you are going for a specific vocation (like dental hygienist).  That’s certainly not a bad way to make a living, but your promotional potential is limited.  Tech schools – I would search for schools associated with your state university system or county vo-tech instead of fly-by-night for profits.  If you aren’t aware of any, check with a local high school.  There’s a good chance some of their students are doing postsecondary education classes at some local vo-techs.

Post # 32
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Kslim13 :  

People do it all the time. Go for it if you the desire. 

Post # 33
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

With an AA already, you should be able to transfer to a 4 year school, so you’d only need 2 more years of classes to get your BA. I was a community college transfer student, and I ended up getting my BA from a public university with my tuition 100% covered by scholarships and need-based grants. I did it in my early 20s but there were lots of people around me in their 30s, 40s, 50s and older, and they were some of the most interesting people. I don’t think it’s weird at all. 

Post # 34
6018 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

When I was an exchange student, there was a woman who graduated from the school I was attending at 70 something years old. It was her 3rd or 4th degree. She’d started going to college later in life and decided she liked it so much that she’d just keep studying and learning things that interested her. She said that she decided to do it because the time was going to pass anyway so why not do something she enjoyed with it.

29 is a veritable baby compared to her!

Also- my mother returned to college at 36 to finish- she’d dropped out just a few credits shy of graduating (after being eligible to start college early and being on track to finish in just 3 years). She returned to school as a newly divorced mother of 2 who had to maintain a full time job and taking care of us. It was really inspiring to get to go to her graduation!

My husband also returned as an adult, after youthful foolishness derailed him. He’s said that he was diligent about getting his work done when he was younger, but returning as an adult (with a family) and really knowing what he wanted to do and why made him more focused and more committed to excellence.

You can do it! And the time is going to pass anyway. If you’ve been thinking about it for 3 years, it’s definitely time to take action 🙂

Post # 36
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

Kslim13 :  It should have to do more with the requirements and procedures of the particular school that you’re transferring to than how long ago you took the classes. If you’re looking to transfer in as a junior, you may also be expected to have completed the pre-reqs for the major you’re pursuing, so if you didn’t take business classes initially you might have to go back to a community college and take some intro business classes to show that you can do well in that field before the new school would accept you. While this may be a hassle, it could save you a lot of time and money. 

If your AA is from a community college, then I’d start by asking them whether they have transfer agreements with state universities. Many of them do. At my community college, for example, there was a high transfer acceptance to the nearest public university because of a transfer agreement program that gave local CC transfers priority. Reaching out to the counseling office of the school where you got your AA would be a good first step in figuring out how many of your credits are transferrable and whether you need to take specific courses to flesh out your transcript before applying to transfer institutions. 

Post # 37
182 posts
Blushing bee

Im going back and I’m 27!! lets keep in close contact and encorage each other! sealed we can do this!! Even this “late”!

Post # 38
10455 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Kslim13 :  

I’m going to start work on my PhD this spring and I am *decades* older than you are. I was thirty-five when I graduated law school.  I would have been thirty-five anyway.

Now, in my really old age, I’m returning to my roots and getting my PhD in psychology.  This is something I need to do, for myself.  And, as an author, it will only help me.

There are reasons other than a job to continue your education.  Some of us are just destined to be life long learners.  Nothing at all wrong with that.  I consider it laudable.

It’s alarming that you consider twenty-nine ‘too old’ for anything.

Post # 40
46 posts

Kslim13 :  I think it is realistic. Anthing is possible!! A cool story for you, my mom was a stay at home mom with me and my brothers for the longest time, and when I got into the 6th grade she went back to college. It took her 5 years, but she’s a teacher now, and loves it! It wasn’t easy for her, because she was also being a mom at the same time, but she never gave up. 

I think it is great that you are considering going back to college. My mom has always told me that, “All things worth doing, never comes easy.” And it is something I live by every day! Good luck!!

Post # 41
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I did it. I just turned 29 a few weeks ago and went back to school in September. I have been extremely unhappy in my field (advertising/marketing) since I graduated from it in 2014, and teaching has always been a huge career dream of mine. It’s something I accidentally fell into in my 2nd year of college. I was pushed to be a tutor for my program, and the rest is history.

Anyways, I have 4 years to go minimum before I even get to start subbing, and then it’s not even guaranteed. So at the youngest, I’ll be 33 years old before I even start my career, but in the meantime, I work full-time, and go to school full-time. It’s NOT easy, especially now that my responsibilities have changed drastically. Last time I was in school, I was living at home, early to mid 20s, and hanging out with friends. Life was good. Now, I’m living with my husband, I have rent, bills, and 3 jobs to tend to aside from school. It’s HARD. But I push through because I know the end result is worth it. I’ve cried, I’ve stayed up long nights studying, I’ve been exhausted, but I am 2 weeks away from finishing my first semester up.

I am 150% in the camp of go back to school if you want to. Think of it this way; you only live once, you don’t get younger, and you only waste years working in a job you’re unsatisfied with. Even if you choose not to go back to school, years will STILL pass.

Post # 42
34 posts

I went back to school and got high honors at 41 years old with 3 children. You can do anything you out your mind to. 

Post # 43
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I teach at both a state and a community college and I think many people would be better off tackling college when they are older and more mature. You won’t be alone. Many people go back. That said, given the cost, make sure you know exactly what you will be pursuing and that there will be a decent job afterward. Another thing to consider before taking this step: how knowledgeable are you about saving and investing money? Money management and investing have far more to do with an individual’s success than a high status job or even a high salary.The people you see with great jobs might be heavily in debt. I recommend reading The Millionaire Next Door.

Post # 44
3042 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Every college major has different lower division requirements so I would meet with an admissions counselor/academic advisor to look over your transcripts and come up with a battle plan that utilizes as much of your AA as possible. When I went back to school at age 28 a very smart counselor figured out how to apply all but two of my classes towards my BA in psychology. So I wouldn’t make any assumptions. 

Once I earned my BA my income literally doubled after just one year of paying my dues. I would research the average salary of graduates in the fields that interest you, and you can pitch it to your unsupportive man by saying, “Look, it should pay off by increasing my salary by x amount per year.” 

Good luck!

Post # 45
4756 posts
Honey bee

Ill give you the best advice i got. The time will pass whether you go to school or not. May as well complete your goal while the time passes.  Make sure you think about what you want to do. I went back to school for my certificate at around 29/30 and completed school. I had my bachelors but wasnt working in my field anymore and my earnings didnt reflect what i thought i was worth. Still working on that goal and may once again go back to school at 35! I am taking a lot of time to think this time. 

What field are you interested in?

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