College over age 30?

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    [MENTION=129631]Aaron97[/MENTION] I couldn't imagine that. I lived all over the country and visited 3/4 of the states. I need to do more overseas traveling next! Really tell them the traveling nurse gig is nice. Most of the time the hospitals and recruiters will take care of everything. They only have to show up. Typically the contracts are longish in term too, multiple months. It's not like they are here for a week and there for a week. I know when I lived in NYC I dated a traveling nurse and most of the other traveling nurses lived in the same building so she had instant friends for people to hang out with instead of flying solo and forced to meet new people on her own, not that that's difficult in NYC!

    Good luck with mid terms!
     
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    It's interesting how this topic came up as it somewhat hits home in my current situation. I am in my mid-30s, got my law degree while working full-time (due to which my university days lasted longer than anticipated/planned), worked a lot of jobs but steered clear mostly of a "traditional" legal career. However, that degree did provide job opportunities in my home country; less than what initially "advertised" (go to law school, they said, you can have any job afterwards, they said...:hypnotized:).

    Having moved to the US and not getting any interviews, I find myself in the situation where I HAVE to go back to school here in the US to make myself more "graspable" for hiring managers and less of a risk due to my education/background. I already started doing some online classes to ease into it, but it is definitely not easy, being married, having two kids, being the stay-at-home parent, as the fulltime-studying-mindset is something I have become almost alien to. However, I know it's a means to an end, and I finally get to pursue something I really, really want to do (quite frankly speaking, after graduating high school I was not ready to be let loose on the world...:blush:).
     
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    I went back to study 4-year post-graduate medicine at 33. I'm 36 now and finish at the end of next year. I'd always wanted to do it, but kept putting it off until a mate died suddenly in 2012 (4 year anniversary today, actually), and I just woke up one morning and though "stuff it, why wait?" and enrolled in the entrance exam and have been studying my arse off ever since.

    I'm in a similar boat to others in this thread in that life is really busy: full time study, part time work, 18-month old and another one due in 3 weeks. Financially it's really tough. I'd worked for a few years as a psychologist and was used to that disposable income. Now we're on government benefits and I work most Saturdays and can't afford a lot of the luxuries we were used to. ( although it's amazing how much crap you spend money on when it's sitting in the bank!)

    It's easier being in Australia compared to the US from what I can gather. It'll cost me about US$30k for the degree, so nothing like the $70k mentioned.

    The first couple of years were great and I was super enthusiastic, but lately I'm getting really over it and just can't wait for it to finish. I've got finals in 123 days and am counting down.

    I hope to train in psychiatry of neurology and subspecialise in dementia and brain injury eventually, which will hopefully make it all worthwhile, at least financially. Psychologists are underpaid here and I can't get Medicare rebates (ie government contributions) for private assessments, so it's not really tenable long term.

    I love study and recommend it. It's essential for my line of work, but I know people who've enrolled as mature students (even into their 50s and 60s) to study an interest for interests sake rather than career progression (eg medieval history, classical painting etc)
     
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    VIAs? Good luck mate.
     
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    VIA? I don't know that acronym sorry
     
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    I'm almost 50 and am considering going back and taking courses. Not sure if a total career change is in order, but I should at least pick up some certifications if I plan on staying competitive for the next 15 to 20 years.
     
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    You must be one of our friends from across the river then.. Or Geelong?
     
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    Melbourne Uni. St V's clinical school. Sounds like you're in the know?
     
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    Doing year 4 undergrad at Monash Bendigo. Do you find that the doctors notice your reps?
     
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    Ah cool. No, I haven't had any watches noticed yet. I've seen a couple of nice pieces on consultants, but they don't really engage when I complement it.

    Are you on Paging Dr as well? There's a watch thread there too...

    So what does VIA stand for?!
     
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    Just signed up to pagingdr. Wasn't on there before because I'm undergrad entry.
    The VIA is Monash's big penultimate year exams that count heavily to our z-score.

    Honestly the only watch of note I've seen this year is a vintage Longines on one of my consultants. Last year we had at least a few of the surgeons rocking IWCs though.
     
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    seen a few nice pieces on some of the bosses back in jmo days.. pps, rolexes
     
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    I went back to college in my 30s to get a job that paid LESS than what I was doing. Did that for a few years then went back to what I was doing before. Might switch back again if the right opportunity comes around. Having options is the best stress reliever.
     
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    My older brother became a doctor (medical) recently (I think it is one year now), he is 35. Before that he used to work as a paramedic since he was not that great at school which is required if you want to start directly here in Germany. Fact is that he does what makes him happy and I am totally glad for him and from what I have read online the patients are very pleased with his work. He even had his first kid with his wife during his studies. Whatever floats your boat, right?
     
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    im currently getting my residency for orthopedic surgery, specializing in pediatrics. :) residency I guess you can consider schooling? Haha
     
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    In the US most doctors are about that age before they finish training.
     
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    That would include a dr. rank right? I think I used the wrong term, the better one would be physician. He still needs to make the dr. title or a specialisation. He is just an assistant physician right now. I stll believe that you need to be born for this as the study is long and so is the working time. Therefore you do not need to be afraid of your career past the age of 45. I made a lot of coins (by German standards, in NY I would maybe be upper middle class at most) in the last years but I really need to build my own business soon because once I reach 45 (granted I am not even thirty) I will have a hard time to find work again and I do not want to set all cards on the company I am currently working for.

    Back2topic: I really like that people raise their level of education but I urge you to work on the side because you will need some bucks to live and a lot for retirement. I started saving for my retirement since I am 20 year old because Germans social systems are a mess (like most in the western world) and will eventually go down in the next years to come.
     
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    Home stretch, only two more weeks and I get to start something new. I bored of class about 5 weeks in. What's even worse is repetitive course work. I've reached a point in me legislation course that's just repeating the same info I already learned in a previous course.

    I think the hardest part about going back to school is dealing with the kids (18-22). Our teacher broke us into groups for a project. She put all of us that are in the EU in the same group. Then we got the one girl who is in the UK that doesn't participate at all until the very last second, which by then, it's too late to even add her info. Then she apologizes, saying "sorry I'm late, I'm overseas". She's completely clueless, we are ALL overseas, and furthermore being in the EU doesn't mean you should be late to turn in a project, if anything you should be a day early.

    Sorry, just venting.

    With two weeks left in this term, time to figure out what's next. Thinking about taking a "business communication" course because I need a speech credit and that will cover it. Might also take a Law class or possibly something simple, like computer science. Hum?.. Decisions, decisions.


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    I despise group projects for just that.. Even when you all live on campus it's hell. In my neuro class in school it was ONLY group projects.. I wanted to jump off a cliff lol

    Super glad everyone's doing well!


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    I can't wait to get back to class in six weeks, i've been missing school big time. It's good timing too because I'm going on disability right away and wont be able to work until I can get neck surgery. Good thing is that surgery is free, bad thing is I might have to wait a year.

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