Back to school at 40+

Have you considered going back to school, college or university,bts3 in order to kick-start an entirely new career?

Or maybe to retrain to move yourself higher up the ladder where you are already?

Have you been out of work for a while, and really want to get back in to work, but know that it would involve going back to study for a period of time?

Do you find the prospect daunting? And if so, why?

bts4 bts2I’ve decided to take myself back to university this year after deliberating for…..well, far too long.

It’s been “now or never” for a long while and procrastination always won… until this year.

A lot happened to me which shaped my decision. Redundancy and the difficulty in finding “suitable” employment soon enough after that left me a lot of time to reflect.

There were times when I could have gone into meltdown, but this actually made me more determined to make a change.

“No time like the present” as they say.

bts6bts5Well, being presented with a lack of responses from multiple job applications left me in no doubt that this was the time to go ahead and take that step back into university.

I was already filling in job applications, so one more type of application form wouldn’t hurt, would it?

I was already attending interviews, so again, one more interview, fingers crossed and if it falls through, chalk it up to experience…

A little while, and two job offers later, I got accepted to my University of choice.

bts7 bts8I had accepted one of the job offers in the already, but the opportunity that going back to school offered me was impossible to turn down. Although the job I had taken suited me down to the ground, the chance to learn something new, and the scope it would give me in the future, meant yet another decision to make. It turned out, not only to be an easy decision, but one that was also supported by my employer. Thank you.

Fast-forward to now, September 2016, and it’s time to go back to school.

bts9Daunting? Yes, but that’s okay.

Oldest in class? No, not that it matters, but very comforting to know that there are so many students my age and older who are still pursuing further education.



It’s never too late, as I’ve said a few times before.

Don’t regret not doing the things you could have done. Give things a second thought and weigh up your options.

Have you considered going back to school to improve on what you already know?

Have you thought about trying something completely different?

If so, what do you feel is stopping you? Make a list of pros and cons, and see if you can actually make it happen.