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30 yrs old - too old to learn something new and enter career?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cm1179, 9 Jun 2010.

  1. cm1179


    Joined: 30 Sep 2009

    Posts: 3,627

    30 yo (still training) as a surveyor with the bleak possibility of losing my job. is it too late to enter another career and train again?
  2. sigma


    Joined: 13 Nov 2006

    Posts: 18,883

    Depends on your commitments I guess.
  3. Chaosboss


    Joined: 28 Nov 2005

    Posts: 422

    Location: Leeds

    & picking a career that does not require legnthy learning to get a decent enough job to handle your commitments.
  4. Bar


    Joined: 9 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,540

    Get a job as a business analyst - the quality I have seen in the last couple of years makes me think they gained their knowledge from reading the back of weetabix packets...
  5. neodude


    Joined: 18 Nov 2007

    Posts: 3,347

    Location: West Lothian

    I changed from Electronics Engineering to Air Traffic Control at the age of 31. It's not easy changing but worth it in the long run.
  6. Marky


    Joined: 16 Apr 2007

    Posts: 23,407

    Location: UK

    Absolutely not. :) I say do it ;)
  7. RDM


    Joined: 1 Feb 2007

    Posts: 20,607

    I hope not as I am 6 years older and about to start a degree...
  8. Von Smallhausen

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 1 Aug 2004

    Posts: 12,647

    Location: Tyneside

    Not at all. Go for it.

    I switched careers at 25.
  9. Gaijin


    Joined: 18 Feb 2003

    Posts: 8,555

    Location: Brighton/West Wicklow

    Not at all - just make sure you know what the consequences will be.

    We've got a great PM here who was in the army until about 30, then did an army funded degree and worked at a bank before coming here.
  10. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 May 2004

    Posts: 17,670

    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    Hell no it isn't. I made the change last year at a svelt 31 :D
  11. Redz


    Joined: 12 Jul 2008

    Posts: 2,811

    Location: North West

    At 30 years old you have another 38 years of your working life ahead of you. You are nowhere near too old for a career change.
  12. BullBoyShoes


    Joined: 21 Jan 2005

    Posts: 346

    Can I be nosey and ask why you jacked in the Electronics Engineering?
  13. "andy"


    Joined: 9 Jun 2005

    Posts: 13,904

    exactly what i was going to say
  14. Gaidin109


    Joined: 12 Jul 2009

    Posts: 4,878

    I changed career paths at 31, going from a Royal Marine Commando to become a Scientist working in R&D.
  15. WillyNelson


    Joined: 28 Oct 2003

    Posts: 5,443

    Location: Worthington-on-sea

    I was wondering exactly this the other week. At the age of 30 and with a wife & child who depend on my income, is it feasable to give up accountancy for a career that I don't hate?

    Trouble is I don't know what it is I want to do. When I was a kid all I wanted to be was a helicopter pilot or a police officer but I was too shortsighted to do either. I chose my A-levels with a view to engineering but after 8 A & 2 B grade GCSEs I had a bad time at sixthform and came out with a D in Physics and a B in Media Studies. I wasn't attracted by university at the time as I'd fallen out with education and wanted to work for a while. Now here I am, 12 years later a part qualified accountant who hates almost every minute of his working life.
  16. craptakular


    Joined: 7 Jan 2007

    Posts: 10,615

    Location: Sussex, UK

    I switched at 26, went into teaching, hated it even more now unemployed.

    Don't make these decisions lightly guys!!!! I'm a warning to you :(

    I'm now looking to get a job at McD's and save every penny to do a masters in Hydrographic surveying in 2011, aligned with my original degree.

    Lucky I have no depends.
  17. Marky


    Joined: 16 Apr 2007

    Posts: 23,407

    Location: UK

    May I ask why you hated teaching?
  18. neodude


    Joined: 18 Nov 2007

    Posts: 3,347

    Location: West Lothian


    Crap pay (doing an engineer/programer job for tech wages).
    Companies all around closing down and moving work to the far east.
    Yearly pay-offs in my company.
    Interest in ATC/aviation.
  19. ntg


    Joined: 24 Nov 2008

    Posts: 2,502

    It depends on what career you want to pursue I guess. Keep in mind that there are hordes of grads and recently fired professionals from all across the board looking for jobs (any job) so competition is absolutely fierce.

    The best option would be to keep some kind of backup while you are making the switch that will provide you with some kind of steady monthly income..

    It's hard but I know how you feel, I'm in the process of doing the same trying to move into finance (with quite a lot of qualifications but no banking/finance work exp) and I have been sorely dissapointed by the lack of opportunities so far - but I keep trying, something will turn up eventually!
  20. Schism


    Joined: 23 Dec 2007

    Posts: 279

    My Dad was about your age when he was doing a degree, had a full time job, and my brother had just been born!

    And I look at my dad now who is the laziest person and wonder how he did it!

    I'm sure you can ;)