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#1 +astropheed

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:47

I'm nearly 30 years old and I'm very, very seriously considering enrolling into a part-time Open University Degree for Psychology with an end goal of obtaining a Masters (or if I do well enough, a ph/psy.D). 

 

Currently I'm a full-time software developer. I don't mind it, I'm good at it; it's just not what I want to do with my life. I thought it was, but as it turns out I just like problem solving (and I was already naturally quite gifted with technology).

 

If I go with this I'll be nearly 40 by the time I finish my graduate studies and I'm not entirely sure if this is too old. As it stands now I don't have children because my Wife just finished her Degree last week; she said it's now my turn to decide if I either keep going with programming or learn Psychology.

 

I've always wanted to be a Psychologist, or even a Therapist. Simply because I like to know how and why people think and I truly enjoy helping people.

 

My question is, do you think this is a good idea?

 

I'm perfectly capable of making this decision without the input of this forum, but I'm definitely searching for opinions and there may be some information pertaining to something I haven't thought of yet.

 

Thank you for your suggestions!




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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:49

I can't see why not, no one's ever really too old if they're willing to learn new things, you'll find something you like through trial and error like everyone does :)



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:50

I just graduated from college at 37.

So, IMO?  No, you are definitely not too old.

 

Go after your dreams!



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:53

30....



#5 adrynalyne

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:54

30....

Not even 30.

 

He is an old chap!

 

 

:p



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:59

I'd say go for it! It's never too late and even if you don't succeed in the new career you always have the experience of the past one and the personal gratification of the new knowledge you acquired.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:01

30....

 

"nearly"...  :laugh:



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:01

Go for it.  I spent the first 20 plus years of my working life in construction services.  I went back to school and studied business and human resources. :book:  It was hard work, but paid off in more ways than just financially.  Give it a go, I doubt you'll regret it, but you will if you don't try.  :)



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:06

Go for it. We all got only one life to live. 



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:07

'too Old' is simply a Belief -- follow your heart. :happy:



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:08

what job are you going to get with a psych degree....IMO thats not a good route. 

 

you're never too old for more education but I feel like everyone and their grandmother has taken psychology. Do you plan on teaching psychology or being a psychologist?



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:20

what job are you going to get with a psych degree....IMO thats not a good route. 

 

you're never too old for more education but I feel like everyone and their grandmother has taken psychology. Do you plan on teaching psychology or being a psychologist?

 

I plan on being a Psychologist or Therapist.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:24

I plan on being a Psychologist or Therapist.

 

it's gonna be though to get a job without experience in the field at that age, but not impossible; i have a friend of mine that got a Physician degree at the age of 50 or so; the gotcha part in her story is that it's an area that there's always jobs, while in Psychology it isn't.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:25

Go for it. We all got only one life to live. 

 

and so are the days of our lives!



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:26

psych is one of the most popular majors and that makes finding a job with a bachelors harder. a lot of jobs people with a psych degree obtain are not specifically related to psychology but could be had with most social science degrees.

 

if you want to be a therapist you have to continue with your planning and get a masters or doctors. have you considered psychiatry and skip the masters part and get an MD 





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