Do you think 50 is too old for more education?

@citygirl (1081)
Canada
January 2, 2007 9:43pm CST
Do you think 50 is to old to take courses. I am starting a computerized accounting certificate course next week. I am 52 and work full time. This course is two evenings a week and all day saturday. When I told my boss I would be taking this course, she told me I was too old. I don't think your ever to old to lean more stuff. I already work in accounting , and this course would be of benifit to my company as well am my self. Do you think my boss is just jealous , she is 59. I am taking it any way, just wonder what every one thinks.
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@sellj75 (208)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I don't think you are ever too old to learn something. Learning something new also helps keep the mind sharp, which is proven to help keep mental functions normal as you age. I wish you luck in your learning.
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement. I have taken many courses over the years and will continue as long as I am able to .
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3 Jan 07
I agree - learning is a lifelong task. We never stop.
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• United Arab Emirates
3 Jan 07
yes, education doesn't deal with age. "Education doesn't improve life, it is life itself". And life itself is a constant learning.
@angelicEmu (1311)
3 Jan 07
No, you're never too old to learn, and the older a student, the more enthusiastic they tend to be, and also bringing your extra experience and knowledge from other fields can prove very useful. It sounds to me like your boss is feeling a little inadequate. You go for it, and I bet you'll get more out of it than the youngsters, because you'll have the extra motivation, and I bet you'll outshine them all. Enjoy your course, and get stuck in!!!
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
A great big thank you for the encouragement and input. I am looking forward to this course. I love to learn. I am beginning to think no one could please this boss of mine, so I can only do what is best for me. Since I already work in accounting I think I will get a lot out of it. It isn't like I asked her to pay for it or anything, I am paying for it myself. I guess I just thought she might be pleased and see it as positive. Oh well her lose , my gain, education never hurts. thanks and all the best in the new year
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4 Jan 07
It sounds like you've got the right kind of attitude towards your course - education should be for YOU and what you can get out of it. If your boss was intelligent enough to be encouraging to you and see your furthering your knowledge as an asset to her team, that would have been to her advantage, but the advantage to you was always in the education itself and what that will bring to you. What others think of your decisions and of you as a person doesn't matter - that's their issue, not yours, and just shows you what they're like, rather than being any reflection on you. So never mind your boss and people like that - they've got their issues, and that's not your problem. You just live your life the way that's right for you, and get all you can out of that course. Who knows - maybe you'll be replacing your boss before long with such a positive can-do attitude!
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
Thanks I appreciate your advice. I believe you are right more education can only help me and I probably will go further for having attained it. an up date my boss is now saying it will be to heavy of a work load for any one , can you believe it. I wouldn't take it on if I didn't think I could do it. I know I can so I will. Just hope she doesn't cut my hours or give me a hard time . the course starts tuesday and lasts until the end of april. Thanks for you encouragement , I appreciate it .
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Way to go! I applaud you for going back to further your education!!! That's great!! Your boss probably is just jealous. It's very unproffessional of her to tell you that you are too old!! I can't believe that! How rude!!! I wish you the best of luck!! Have a great day!
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
Thanks I appreciate the encouragement. I guess I was quite hurt when my boss said that as my learning more would not only benifit me but the company as well. I will still be working full time so it isn't like I needed time off. I am doing this around work. I expected a possitive comment from her not a negative one. Oh well to each there own . and mine is to keep learning and keeping up with technology . thanks again, and you have a great day too
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@guesswhomsa (1170)
• India
3 Jan 07
i dont think it is never too late to study and moreover i have seen many people pusue their education even after the age of 55
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it . To live is to learn is my believe. What is that that doubles has added. looks like some one trying to get points for no input eh . What do you think
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@talx01 (34)
• India
3 Jan 07
Age has no relationship with learning, one can learn almost anything at any age. Please go ahead, and best of luck!
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement I appreciate all the respones and insetive I have recieved her
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@edelweiss (1929)
• India
3 Jan 07
No, I dont think education ever stops. We keep learning new things everyday and I congratulate you that you will be doing a right thing to have a formal training for the current trends in technology today.
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
That is my oppinion to the work and technology is constantly changing and if we don't change with it we get left behind. I hope I can keep leaning every day of my life. thanks for the incouragement.
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@sbeauty (5869)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I say "way to go!" You're never too old to learn. I've taken 3 graduate classes so far during my 50s, and I loved every minute of them. Older people appreciate learning so much more than kids do. I studied harder and and learned more than I ever did while I was in my teens. And even if it's nothing that helps you on the job, it never hurts to improve your mind. There are a whole lot less constructive pass times you could be doing! Would your boss rather you go out drinking every night and come in with a hangover?
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Thanks I appreciate the encouragement. This course will help me in my career perhaps not this job as she is so negative. She is just a totally controlling person, even telling us the strenght we can have our tea lol. really. I started the course on tueday and have been to three classes now. It will be lots of work but worth it in the end.
@god_spear (498)
• Philippines
4 Jan 07
I think 50 year old is no really old to take courses as long as you are determine to finish it, and it will help you in performing your job. Many companies were supporting their employees to take course in order for them to be more dependable in their job. Its ironic that your boss dont want to support you.Maybe he dont like other people like you to learn new things, maybe he is scared that you may get promoted once you finish that course, Dont pay attention to him or her just do what you think was right. ok, May god bless you on your endeavor.
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement. My boss is just a very controlling woman and wants to be in control of everyone and everything . I started my course on tuesday. All the best and God bless you as well.
@yarntales (639)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Absolutely not too old. Grandma Moses didn't start painting until she was WELL passed 50. She was famous. Who knows what you can be if you just try. We should always try to do better and gain higher heights.
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
I totally agree. Thanks for the encouragement. Happy new year to you.
• Pakistan
4 Jan 07
I really dont belive in it and i really appreciate you....my father is 54 and he is working 8 - 7 daily,and after coming home he read a lot of books even on sundays...and surely i just can't do what he is doing,he is an amazing man
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Your Dad does sound like an amazing man. Thanks for the encouragement. I started my course on tuesday.
@harsh1985 (593)
• India
4 Jan 07
i think education has no age limits! and 50 is not too much.if you manage your work and course; don't hesitate to learn and prove yorself. i like your eagerness about learning! i salute you..don't think about your boss's opinion. she is either jealous or she has doubt about your capcity.. prove yourself...best of luck!!!
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Thank, and I will prove my self. I started my course on tuesday and have been to three classes now. It will be hard work but well worth it. Thanks for the encouragement and luck . All the best to you too.
• Singapore
3 Jan 07
Several weeks ago, I got something very useful about education. There is no TOO OLD or TOO YOUNG to start an education. If there is a will the is a way, isn't there? This is the same thing you do if you wanted to start your job, if you have an ambition. No matter whatsoever the problem, you will be succeed. For example, Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal glasses when he was 68 years old, he kept trying to do something even in the late age. I wish you good luck to start your education !!!
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
Thanks, actually I am just updating what field I am already working in but technology just keeps changing and if we aren't flexable enough to change with it we get left behind. I guess I like to be a leader not a follower lol . Happy new year to you
@dss_raja (427)
• India
3 Jan 07
no not at all
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement
• United States
3 Jan 07
Too Old? The day you become too old to do anything, is the day you give up on living. Think of it this way...the older you are, the wiser you are; the more you learn, the wiser you become. It's never too late when it comes to improving yourself. If that's what you want and you feel good doing it because it will benefit you, then I say GO FOR IT!!! Your boss knows that you are capable of doing whatever you put your mind to...so yes she is probably jealous (note:a term I strongly disagree with). When people sense a threat, their first action is to discourage. Don't be discouraged...just do it!!
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
Thanks. That is what I did. I started my course tuesday night. It will be lots of hard work, but I can and will do it. Happy new year to you.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
Good for you...the best of luck! Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!!
@onesiobhan (1329)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
I don't think any age is too old. I used to go to University with people who were retired because their tuition was waived. I really admired them for doing it.
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• Canada
3 Jan 07
Yes, I had the same feeling when I was in University. I really admire them coming back to learn. No,there is no age limit for learning and I really admire your desire to learn. Kiddo for you.
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
Thanks you guys for the encouragement. I start my course on tuesday and am getting really excited about it. happy new years to both of you
@choy1001 (23)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
Of course your not too old to learn! Here in the Philippines, we bow down to people who strive to learn! We even have a 70 yr. old man who is still studying law in one of the most reputable schools here. I'll research his name...I'm so happy that there are people who value education as much as you do. You inspired to study more and make the most out of what I have. Good Luck and don't mind your boss, it's not about what other people think. It's all about you!
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement. I went ahead and started my course , I have been to three classes so far. It will be lots of hard work but worth it in the end. In just three classes I have learned a lot already. Happy new year to you from Canada.
• United States
14 Jan 07
It is never troo old for more education , my grandma was illeterate , and starting learning with me when I went to school , she was 59
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Your Grandma sounds like a special lady. Good for her. Well I took the course and started on tuesday. I have been to three classes now and learned a lot already. I am happy I decided to do this. Thanks for the encouragement.
@moneymind (10518)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
i don't think there is any age limit for education, infact it would be a great idea as you can share your own experience while teaching. Best of luck and wishes for great success. greetings. : )
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Thanks for the encouragement. I don't teach thought. I do the accounting for my company. I chose to keep updated with technology. All the best to you as well. Happy new year to you.
@arunsby (18)
• India
11 Jan 07
There is no age limit for education. you can study whatever you are intersted in.you dont have to discuss it with somebody. But you can consult for a better instituition or the scope of the course..
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
I have of course done all of that. I am updating in the field I already work in so it is to my benifit. I mearly told my boss about what I was doing. I guess I expected encouragement not rudeness from her. oh well her lose.
• Nigeria
11 Jan 07
there is no age limit towards education everyday we strife to know and know more of the things that we do not know we recently had a 65 year old graduate here in lagos so i will say 50 is not old at all to be enriched with knowledge..
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@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Thanks I agree. If we don't keep current with technology we get left behind. I started my course this week.