Career Choices at 30?

@rosie230 (1674)
June 3, 2010 3:51pm CST
I have worked at a few places, but none of them were places of which I would have made a career. But I am 30 years old, and at the moment I am a stay at home Mum. I have been thinking over the last couple of months as to whether I could start a career at the age that I am at now, or is it too late? A career I would love to have would be somebody who is a councellor of some sorts, like a psycologist, or someone that people could come and talk to, maybe even as a councellor for children, but I am not sure if I have what it takes, and as I said I am not sure if I have left it too late. There are so many homestudy courses that I have seen on the internet, and they do look really interesting, even though they are quite expensive... I am wondering as to whether it might be worth while looking into ... what do you guys think? Any ideas or advice very welcome!
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@karen1969 (1788)
10 Jun 10
I don't think it's too late to start a career. I'm 40 and have taken 20 years to raise my family. My youngest is now 14 but as she has Aspergers, I still have to be at home for her. But I have applied to do a part-time degree which takes six years, so hopefully by the time she is 19, I will have a degree and hopefully it will be easier for me to find a job then. It is so hard for mums, I think.
@ellie333 (21029)
10 Jun 10
Well done Karen on starting an OU course, which one have you decided to do? It is hard fir mums but not impossible. Ihope you manage to sortthe funding. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@karen1969 (1788)
10 Jun 10
BA (Hons) Eng Lang and Eng Lit but the first year is the Arts Foundation course, I think it's called Arts Past and Present. It sounds good anyway.
@ellie333 (21029)
4 Jun 10
Hi Rosie, It may be worth looking at your local adult education centre as some courses you can getconcessions for and also if during the day have creche facilities for you little one. It is never to late to learn and the more qualifications you get right now the better it will be when youdo go back out into the work force. For counselling there are 6 weeks starter courses to see if it is for you to then go on to the next levels. Pyschology there is a lot of reseach work involved even at the AS a A levels and really indepth further on. I am in my late forties and in the middle of an Advanced Criminology Degree, I also work and am a single parent so it can be done. I also passed Law a few years back. Send off for a pospectus for your local univesity or tothe open university and have a good look through at all that is availavble the OU will let youpay in instalments so will the BSY group. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@karen1969 (1788)
10 Jun 10
I have just applied to the Open University to begin a degree course in October, as long as I can get the funding sorted out.
• United States
3 Jun 10
Your still young so you can be what ever you want to be. I am 40 and I plan to find something to do when I move to Miami. I don't want to stay home anymore. I am done raising my daughter for the most part. She will be 18 soon as well. So,if you want to go to school do it now and be ready to start working a few years from now. You can do it.
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@rosie230 (1674)
3 Jun 10
Thanks.. yeah I think that it will be good to have something to work for, so in a few years time when both my kids are at school, i could start a career.
• United States
3 Jun 10
Hi rosie. It's never too late to go after your dreams! It might take you many years to get there but, even if it took ten years, you still have over 20 years before you can retire. If you do try this you should try to take as many classes at one time as you can without overwhelming yourself in the beginning. That way you can have an easier schedule later on when you're learning the more difficult things.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
4 Jun 10
If you want a career in psychology,maybe you should go to an psychology office and explain what you want. Then maybe you are accepted few hour there,to see how it works. So you have to understand if you are suitable for this career
• Philippines
4 Jun 10
just enjoy what you are doing ow. Don't press yourself into something which is not of interest to you. Think very well of what you really want in life. But enjoy every moment you have. Maybe it has it's own purpose
@ronz30 (276)
• Philippines
4 Jun 10
We can start our careers at any ages .. Being 30 is not that old enough but It's just we should just became mature of many things that we need to do so that we should handle our career well..