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Too old to start a career?

Julie54 Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 2019 in Work and employment
Hi I'm currently in my 3rd year with the OU (2nd year of actual course) I'm studying psychology and counselling, sometimes I feel like giving up because I am too old to start a career. Any thoughts? 


  • michfinch
    michfinch Member Posts: 173 Pioneering
    How much much longer do you have to go? I applaud you anyway!
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,922

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    You are never too old! Do it for yourself, with that qualification you could help a lot of people.  :)
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  • EmmaB
    EmmaB Member Posts: 263 Pioneering
    Hi @Julie54

    You don't say how old you are [unless the clue is in your user name] but as a counsellor myself I would say the vast majority of counsellors train when they are in their 40s and 50s.  Personally I think the life experience helps enormously!

    Will the course mean you will then be a qualified counsellor?

    The only thing I would say is that it's not a career for immediately making money... if that's your intention then I would do something else!

    Good luck with the rest of your course.

  • Antonia_Alumni
    Antonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Hi @Julie54 , how are you doing today? Please do not feel like you're too old to start your career, this is an incredible achievement! Please keep us updated and we wish you the best with your course. ;)
  • Adam_Alumni
    Adam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 164 Pioneering
    edited February 2019

    Hi @Julie54

    Congratulations on your studies so far. You are never too old to start a new career. you can make a difference to so many people with this qualification and have that sense of achievement at the end.

    I wish you all the best for the rest of your course.

  • SaraC_Scope
    SaraC_Scope Scope Navigate service Posts: 33 Courageous
    Hi @Julie54

    Congratulations on your achievements so far.  You are never to old to start a career and counselling is one that many people begin in their 30' and 40's.  

    Keep going and just keep in mind on those tough days, it will be worth it in the end.

    Kind Regards
  • Julie54
    Julie54 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Wow thank you for your support and kind words everyone! I have 4 years of this course left to do andyes I'm currently 54 until this coming Saturday! 


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