Midlife career change, going back to school..

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 17
736 posts
Busy bee

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@Kslim13:  You know yourself best so what im saying may not apply to you…

When I was in my early 20’s i struggled hard with math. I failed my algebra 101 class TWICE. Partly because Im not super strong in math/science, but also bc I had convinced myself I wasnt good at them and sort of “gave up” and just accepted it would always be a battle. 

Now in my mid 30’s I am finishing a Bachelor in Software Development which is totally on the math/science/tech side. I flew through my Algebra, statistics, data structures, etc classes that are math heavy. So just saying, you are 10 years older now. You have have more motivation, maturity, and problem solving skills now.

Start with this – what kind of job appeals to you? Office work? Working with your hands? Dealing with people? Working alone?

Post # 18
4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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@Kslim13:  I would be wary of going the paralegal route if you’re looking to get your associates.  I’m an attorney, but I graduated when the legal market was still terrible from the recession and a lot of my friends started as paralegals.  I wouldn’t want you to come out of a 2 year program to find you’re competing with people with advanced degrees – and with the economy tanking again, I’m guessing that will be the case for the foreseeable future. 

Sorry to be a downer!  I do think going back to school when you have a plan in mind and an economical option is 100% worth it!  My D.H. is back in school now and we’re very hopeful that it will help him make a much needed career change.  

Post # 19
2768 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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Kslim13 :  I went back to school in my 40’s to a community college. I got a degree in nursing. I am much better off mentally and professionally in with my nursing degree. 

Post # 20
31 posts

If it interests you at all I would highly reccomend looking at the trades! I know a few guys I graduated high school that went through journemen programs for plubming or electrical and made money while they were in the program. They make good money working for somomeone else, and once they break out on their own can make their own schedule making 40-60 an hour! 

Post # 21
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

There are online courses that teach you how to code, is that something you might be interested in? I imagine the demand for coders is going to be pretty steady over the years.



Post # 22
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

One suggestion if finances are an issue is to look for big corporations that have employee scholar programs. At my company you need to be working for a year first but then they pay for education relating to your career field, 100% up to a certain value I want to say 60K. If you are interested in something like HR, you could get an entry level admin type job, work for a year, and then get a business degree or something that supports it. I had a bachelors in engineering when I got the job but they paid 100% for a masters in engineering and a masters in business. Plenty of large corporations have plans like this. 

Post # 23
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Former Respiratory therapist here, please do not come into respiratory (all the older people about to retire seem so tired and miserable everyday). It’s a highly burned out field.  I start nursing school soon! I left for the flexibility of nursing and hope to be an NP. RT is a stepping stone to something else like MD or PA school. 

Post # 24
182 posts
Blushing bee

I wouldn’t let your maths skills hold you back. I always sucked at maths in high school and somehow got through nursing school fine. 

Not really a midlife career change for me as I’ve only been an RN for 3 years but I’m trying to move away from clinical settings. I’m finding it quite hard to find someone who will give me a shot. 

Instead of heading back to school, can you look at entry level jobs in an industry that might interest you? That way you can try it out without taking out a loan and if you enjoy it then commit to school? 

Post # 25
2 posts

I’m in a similar situation. I’m 33 and have been working in retail for the past 14 years. I’ve got promoted a few times, making decent money mainly because I always work overtime and I feel comfortable but I know I can do so much more! I got my bachelor’s in Sociology 3 years ago but that didn’t help. I’m open to going back to school but only for a year or two. My main problem is not knowing what I want to do. Time flies and I feel like I haven’t achieved anything in life 🙁 I’m a bit of an introvert and shy and always struggle to show my full potential. I was thinking about looking into coding but don’t know where to start and if I’m smart enough. I think I would love working in a laboratory but not sure what type of degree I need. I would hate doing any administrative work that includes talking on the phone. I’m also considering medical billing or something similar that could be done from home because I’m planning to have kids soon. But I would hate working from home all the time so that’s more of a temporary solution. Any other suggestions bees? I want to make more than 50k a year.

Sorry my post is not very helpful. Just think about what you might like to do. What are your strenghts? Talk to your friends about their professions and responsibilities and use every possible connection you might have. I’ll keep you posted if I find some reasonable 2 year degrees (there are so many options, I have no idea how to pick the right one).

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