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Jill Johnson
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Advice please--Am I too old?

I want to take a big leap of faith!!

I'm thinking about GOING BACK TO SCHOOL. I want to get a degree in business so that I can start my own salon someday. 💵

The problem is, I'm no spring chicken. Do you think it'll be worth it??

#advice #weighin #backtoschool #careeradvice

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Robin Thayer

YOU GO FOR IT GIRL!!! Just be sure to have a plan so you can balance work and school!

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Debbie Rivera

Go for it! I went back to school, it was only a Certificate type of thing, but I still went back, was able to do very well, got a job in my field of study, I was in my 50's. I have since been let go after working there over 10 years, now having to take early retirement and have physical disabilities. However, it was something I had thought about doing for a while and I did it. Go for it!

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Its Me Your Mother

Get the degree.

A wise soul once told me - "You're never too old to gain more knowledge..."

Grab hold of this passion and set forth on the adventure! Best of Luck and Many Blessings sent your way.

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Marina Hawthorne

Kathleen hello, I semi-retired at age 42 and brought my first rental property. I worked part-time for 17 years, thereafter. Tenants rent was my extra income, so it averged my monthly salary(P/T & Rent). I only worked full time for a company that benefits me and match the 401k. I do not work for any company. You have to have a plan ASAP. I do not know your financial status. Below was my plan, hope some of my ideas work for ya!!!!

Things I did below!

  1. I Downsize my home cost buy 60%. Sold my rental and brought a 3 bedroom Mobile Home in a 55+ community. At age 60 i am fully retired and live off rental sale income until SSI kicks in at age 62. If SSI depletes, I will rent rooms out in the future. Write down Kathleen a written plan. Like I did.

  2. I would never never buy a new car or commute after age 50+. "My Rules". No car payments please.

  3. I started working on all debt pay-offs at age 50, to be done and free by age 60.

  4. No financial help to family members or your kids. Only physical and mental support to family.

  5. I get up in the mornings now and enjoy my days, but i keep myself very busy and have gotten into my own daily routine.

You can do this Kathleen. Seek job help with resumes, recruiters counselors, etc.

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Scott F

You don’t need the degree, I’m a business owner, have a few degrees, one in finance, none of them helped me in running my business. As long as you know the industry and can work excel, just need to work hard and do your research

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Russell Baxter

Yes it would that's a place of happy times dreams aren't over till we're deadso live it

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Ford Simpson

Never to old to improve yourself, you have a goal waiting for you to cross and do what you always wanted! You will be an inspiration for others.Ford

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Keith Verstedt

I'm what one could consider a "Spring Chicken" being in my mid 20s now, (Well, 25.. Exactly mid 20s) so take my advice as you will. I won't say "Go for it! Follow your dreams! Anything can happen if you will it!" because I don't believe that's realistically helpful in our modern world. What I will say, as a non college grad who has many friends saddled with debt, who's also thinking of possibly getting a degree sometime is this: Have your finances planned out BEFORE jumping in. You'll be taking classes, so will you need to work reduced hours? Would that require extra pay or a savings to supplement? I think that's the biggest consideration. If money isn't an issue, also consider- do you think you NEED the degree? There are so many incredible resources online that could help you with starting a business. I have to assume if you're going for Business, then you're already competent in Hair/Cosmetology, so I'm throwing that assumption into the mix.

How long have you thought about it and how passionate does it make you feel? Because almost anything is worth it to fulfill your life's passion. I don't know your age, but another thing I'll say is this-- if you're in the "More Experienced" years of your life, that in and of itself is an asset. You've had a luxury that a lot of people coming out of high school don't have. Perspective, and the time to have reflected on life, what makes you happy and what doesn't, and what you are capable of undertaking while maintaining a healthy mental state. You also know (unlike many in college) that it's not a time to play, and it's exactly the time to give it your all. All of those are VALUABLE assets and shouldn't be overlooked.. I truly think that we should be more accepting of older people going to college.. I knew I wasn't ready to decide what classes to take, let ALONE a Major when I graduated high school, and I believe that MORE kids (and that's EXACTLY what most people going to college are. Kids. Who don't KNOW what they want/like/prefer/intend to do for the rest of their life) should be given an opportunity to graduate high school, find themselves, AND THEN re-enter education without the massive hurdles that can be in place once you find yourself in the Working Class.

It's HARD to go back to school once life starts. But I encourage people who can to do so, IF they feel like it would help them... Not because they feel like they "missed out" or anything, but because you've got a grasp on life. You know yourself, you know what makes you happy, and you know what you need to do to further your success and happiness. Your age could be seen as both a barrier, but also really much more of an asset. You're never "too old" to change paths. Finances are usually the barrier, as well as life (kids, partners, etc) taking up much of the "Front Windshield" of your view. But if you have the ability, the heart, the wherewithal, and the common sense needed to make such a move, I absolutely encourage you to follow that dream.

It's a luxury many can't take, but anyone who can should. You don't want to start business school and think "Oh God I hate this!" But MUCH more importantly, you do not want to reach a point where it IS too late, and look back and think "what if?... I should have... Why didn't I?..."

So long story short: Make a plan, really try to chart your route, and then if you think you see the stars aligning and the sky is blue, SET SAILS, ma'am. Set Sails, and don't look back if the water starts looking slightly rough. If you mapped it out, and YOU KNOW that you know what you're doing, you will reach your destination. Good luck to you, and I hope you have Blue Skies ahead.

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Magda Lim

Jill your never to old to follow your dreams! I finally found a job that I’m really enjoying after 58 years in the job market! Don’t stop believing in you, you go girl grab that brass ring and enjoy the ride!

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Julia Collins

You don't need degrees to start a business! You need credit, assets, cash and connections plus good customer base!

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