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Old 06-14-2012, 01:40 PM   #11
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Another vote in the "Go for it" column from me. I am 54 and just finished my first year as a sign language interpreter. After a long successful career in nursing, I needed a change and went back to school. I was the oldest in my classes. Most of the students were my kids ages! But I loved the subject and enjoyed learning new things. I had a wonderful time this school year working with a high school student. It's never too late to do something you want to do!
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:18 AM   #12
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If you want it, and can afford it, go for it. I'm with Andy, only you can really answer it. I, personally, can't imagine it (57), but then, any time I tried to go back to school, I had to work more than full time to afford the basics. By the time I could afford it, I could quit working and was, in a word, relieved.

That said, you are never too old to learn, period. If it is something you really want to do, press on. Even if you don't get a career out of it, you will enjoy the process.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #13
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Of course you're too old to embark on a new career. You should simply lay down and quietly wait to expire.

Are you kidding me? I wish I could afford to go to school to start a new career, and I am almost 64 years old. Although I had to start collecting my social security in order to survive, I am not ready to stop working. I don't fish and I hate golf so the last thing I want to do is to retire. I will embark on a new career path, but I just can't decide what I want to be when I grow up!
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #14
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Of course you're too old to embark on a new career. You should simply lay down and quietly wait to expire.
Since I've only been self-employed, I don't foresee "retiring" until I can no longer work, that being, until I can no longer convince clients to hire me. Unless you want to be a brain surgeon, going back to school is still an option or buying a business or ... learning how to golf and fish?
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Another vote in the "Go for it" column from me. I am 54 and just finished my first year as a sign language interpreter. After a long successful career in nursing, I needed a change and went back to school. I was the oldest in my classes. Most of the students were my kids ages! But I loved the subject and enjoyed learning new things. I had a wonderful time this school year working with a high school student. It's never too late to do something you want to do!
"Most of the students were my kids ages!" That's one of the perqs of going back to school. We need young friends. I'm older than the mothers of about 1/3 of my friends.

When my Dad's mom was a bit over a hundred, she didn't really care if she lived much longer. She had outlived all of her friends; made friends with their kids and they were dying off.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:12 AM   #16
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CWS,

One is never too old to learn and thus, It is never too late to fulfill your dreams or desires ...

53 is mid life today ... My Mom is 95 ... 53 is not old by any means, it is how you care for yourself and your positiveness or lack of it.

I was born in 1962, and certainly do not consider myself old by any means.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:07 PM   #17
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Besides language, cooking has always been one of my favorite things to do. I am 53. The market for editors has not been great--everyone can write/edit (ha!). So, I've been looking at other things I can do, and of course, I want to do something I enjoy--if I can't play with words, I'd like to play with food. I can get into a culinary class starting January 2013. What would I do afterwards--probably work as a personal chef/caterer. Am I too old to embark on this path?
Never too old to go back to school, or try a new path in life. I went back to school (Adult & Community College in my 30s). I took computer classes, start your own biz seminars, fun classes, a career planning course, & courses to embark on/or learn a new or another career. Community college is great. There are classes that range from exercise & decorating T-shirts to travelling/boat outtings to vinyards, etc. Great experience, made lots of new friends. You have nothing to lose & everything to gain. Good luck & keep us posted.
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CWS and Laurie, I wanted you to know that your stories have inspired me to go to culinary school as well. I left my job as a web technologies manager a couple of months ago because of chronic health issues and constant high stress at work that made my health worse. I've been trying to figure out what to do next and I think this is it I also came across this video in the last couple of days that got me really excited about the idea as well: WATCH: How to Butcher a Pig

I've always been good at writing and editing, and photography is one of my hobbies. So combining these with a culinary arts degree would set me up for a new career that I would love. I also like the idea of being a personal chef. I used to work at a medical school - there are lots of well-off people with little free time there.

So I have an appt with the admissions rep from the Culinary Institute of Virginia this morning at 11.

btw, I'm 49
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+1 Go for it! I'm waiting to see if I can get in for January at the local school. I can't afford Cordon Bleu courses. I'm thinking food editor/writer since I'm already an editor/writer.
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+1 Go for it! I'm waiting to see if I can get in for January at the local school. I can't afford Cordon Bleu courses. I'm thinking food editor/writer since I'm already an editor/writer.
I'm thinking about that direction, too. I took a food-writing class at a local writers' center last fall and really enjoyed it. I may do both I could be a personal chef, to keep up the skills and practice, and that experience would reinforce the food-writing/editing skills.
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