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just out of interest.
sure you wont want to go and live in halls if you're 50, but there shouldnt be an age limit.
There's a really old bloke here in his late 60s who is doing a degree. HAH!
Although it is a bit weird on my course when the 42 year old woman stands up to do a presentation with 20/21 year olds and she does look a little out of place.
Certainly my degree there were quite a few people in their early-mid-twenties, a fair few in their early thirties and two or three in their forties.
My MA I think everyone except me and one other person was over 25.
My PGCE I'm on now there's quite a few people older and quite a few younger than me (29). I'm probably slightly above the average of the course. I don't feel particularly awkward or self-conscious though.
i think it's something i'd like to do but i'd be concerned about feeling awkward or self-conscious. with the economy in the sink i know i'll soon need some kind of qualification due to the shaky ground i find my working life on atm. i think an access course/uni will probably be a must fairly soon. i suppose i'd be worried about the financial aspect too, even with a loan or whatever.
I spent years thinking maybe I'd go back to uni eventually and I wish I'd done it three years sooner.
The financial side isn't that bad - it's tight but manageable and the loan is a fixed 9% that comes straight out your salary so you just sort of accept it farily quickly.
I actually think in a way I've found it better going back a it older than I did during my first degree 'cos I'm a bit older and wiser, got a bit more of a work ethic and have a bit more of a focus as I've got an idea of what I want from the course (and a desire not to wind up in my old job!)
I've actually found it better socially too. When I was 18 I was really socially awkward and I'm enjoying it much more going at a point where I've got more confidence. And certainly (although admittedly the youngest people on my PGCE are 21 or 22) there's no issue whatsoever with the age socialising with them. There wasn't on my initial degree either really.
the responses on here have been great so far. thanks to all.
If the former, never. If the latter, you're probably okay until 30.
maybe if i get made redundant at some stage
It's so much better than working for a living.
and it costs loads of money
there's the rub
But you do get the student loan which covers basic costs and you have time to work outside that and you don't end up too badly off.
i hate my job anyway so i'm not too fussed. but i want to do something serious with my life now, i've had enough of working to exist.
but either engineering or psychology (still at the working-things-out stage atm). psychology would interest me more but everyone does it (well not everyone but you get me) and there aren't many jobs going, whereas engineering is something i know would bring financial reward plus the ability to go anywhere in the world with the degree and have a good chance of finding work (it also interests me but not as much as psychology).
as i say, i'm still at the "considering it" stage but i'm encouraged by the responses on here.
the looming threat of redundancy has made me realise how little i care for the way my life has turned out so far, and how much i want to change it.
you could try get some company to take you on as a trainee, and sponsor you for the degree. Engineering companies are alright for that, because they claim a lot of the money back I think
She liked it.
because as someone who never went to uni and did his best to fuck up the great chance he was given at college, and now realises that a life of meh admin/clerical/call centre work is not for him, would like some information and opinion on going to uni when aged 24+.
also, from a background where you are expected to have everything figured out (read: get a trade) by 20 years old. so feeling pressure from the social background, etc.
You could've been talking about someone you know going to University at 40, and you thinking it was a bit weird.
So, my answer is: Never too old. As long as you have all your faculties and are able to do it, there is never an age limit on learning.
What's more, if you've gone out into the world and then realised that you want to do a degree you are far more likely to make the most of it than an 18 year old who is only going to get away from Mum and Dad and get pissed all the time etc.
My girlfriend went to Uni at about 23/24. By then she'd worked out what she was interested in and enjoyed her degree / got a 1st.
I would advise you to go for it - age is not an issue. When I was at Uni the ages ranged from 18 - late forties.
that's a great post.
Also, almost everyone I know who did a degree fresh out of school/college says that, knowing what they know now, they would've studied something different. Myself included.
You're in a good position to do something you really want to do and feel that any student debt is well worth it. Dunnae let your age hold you back.
Finally, any social pressure you feel now to get a trade is temporary. If you let that pressure dictate what you do in life, you'll potentially be bitter and miserable when you're older.
Good luck - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rAHnwWfsaY
I wish schools would stop pushing kids to apply for uni straightaway, generally speaking it's a decision you're far better qualified to make when you've spent a few years working.
It was nice in fact to have a different view point on photography, the diversity of my course was certainly a benefit.
to live in halls and do what the 18-year-olds are doing... dunno. I guess it depends on your life situation.
You;re never too old to go to uni, in fact I'd say you were actually in a better position to learn in your late 20s early 30s than you are when you're 18-21. The fact you're out of practice learning is hugely overshadowed by the fact you should be much more motivated, have a better idea of what you'df like to studey and where you'd like to take you and that you'll get kore out of it as having a proper job for a few years should have instilled at least some work eithic into you.
Certainly at uni I felt that the older people on my course and in my college were never the people wasting the opportunity or finding thigs difficult.
I'm sure everyone has read, and hates, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but it has something similar to say about education.
Executive summary: Never to old, if you want to do it you definately should, and it will be good.
You're never too old to learn stuff, and probably better equipped if not going straight from school.
You're probably too old to go to uni for a piss-up if you're over 25.
I went straight after school. Standard experience. Went again at 22. Got on fine with everyone on the course and didn't feel like 'the old one', but only really hung out with one or two guys outside of the uni environment (as did some others were straight-from-school/college age, but grew up local to the uni and already had a group of mates set up).
If so, I don't believe that they are compulsory for mature students. All the mature students when I was at uni were so much more clued up that us mongs.
don't think the age thing is really a problem, more the fact that he's an absolute bellend
possibly even 70, and I just thought it was amazing someone that age would be up for it
I'm 28 and in the second semester of my first year. this is my first time through the mill. reading your other posts, i feel like i was maybe in a similar position - i stumbled into a well-paid and low-responsibility job when i was 20 and it was great. by the time i hit 25 and most of my friends were doing cool shit and I was still answering phonecalls from idiots and generating form letters, it was not so much.
So here I am now, doing something that I never would've considered at 18 and I'm quite enjoying it.
I'm also living in halls which, um, yeah. It's a challenge. The last place I lived in London I shared with people mostly five+ years younger than me and that was fine, but there is a real difference between 18 year olds and 20 year olds in terms of how they behave and act and stuff. but I'm go to a campus university and I didn't want to have to completely adjust to a new city, a new lifestyle and throw in a hefty commute on top of that, so on balance it was probably the right choice to make, even if the many nights where i get woken up at 4am by someone shrieking or slamming doors make me think otherwise.
But, yeah. It helped for me that I knew what I wanted to study, but providing you do, I say go for it. Just plan as much as you can, and get your finances in order before you go. Whilst it's probably ok leaving at 22 and being constantly overdrawn and living week to week, the idea of being in your early 30s and living in the same way is awful.
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but like many have said, if you're 30+ then you might feel a bit daft going clubbing with the freshers. The older you get, the more I'd say you treat it as a profession, however old that might sound.
24, I'd say.
But that's just for a degree.
In the U.S. we have these places called Junior Colleges. There you can learn about anything you want for $75. It's a bargain! Me = Photoshop, Novel Writing, hell, I even took Ground School to be a Pilot once. Of course I never became a pilot, but I'm pretty good with layers and the pen tool!