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Old 01-24-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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I'm talking about going back to school, getting a specific degree then applying to entry level jobs as someone in their 30s? It seems like employers have a mindset of hiring a sharp, fresh 22 yr old recent grad for most entry level positions and just dont consider career changers over 30. This premise makes the whole "retrain" concept very difficult if not impossible. Maybe as the economy improves and there are less applicants there could be a better chance for these career changers, not sure. For something that is so encouraged in a bad economy, retraining and career changing seems like its incredibly difficult to do
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Pit of filth
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If the new career is where you want to be, go for it. There will be some employers that discriminate. They do now. You'll find what you are looking for if it is what you really want to do.

I went back to school at 30 and by 37 earned my MBA that I hope will allow me to change careers.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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Do it! I know people who changed their careers in their late 40s. It's silly to think you can't do it in your 30s.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: St Pete
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I did a career change at 35 and haven't looked back since.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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No way is it impossible. Especially in this economy, I think it's more common than ever. I personally know of a few career changers in their 40's and even 50's.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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I do a sorta career change at 30. I was in non profit administrative support before and now I am now non profit accounting. The easiest way to make a change is to possibly stay in the same industry but move into a different role.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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My aunt became an RN in her late 40s. And remained a nurse for the next 25 yrs. Prior to that she was a housewife.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: N. California (bay area)
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DH left a manufacturing job in his early thirties and went back to college. He is now a Physician Assistant. It is never to late to follow your dreams I am a RN and sometimes I work with RN students and they range in age from early twenties to late fifties. Lots of them do not have a health care background. Goodluck!!
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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I have actually already gone back to school and got another bachelors in accounting. This thread came about after having no luck getting hired since finishing school in july. It just seems that entry level jobs in accounting are not geared towards people in their 30s. I've had interivews that went incredibly well and i just assume they went with a fresh 22 yr old in the end. Accounting is not my passion so if it works out great if not ive got other things that i am truly interested in that may turn into a job/career. I think it would be much easier to career change later in life into a field like nursing or something medical related where there is a real demand for qualified applicants. Traditional corporate jobs like accounting have thousands of 22 yr old grads coming out every 6 months ready to fill the entry level slot
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:44 PM
 
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You're basing it all on an assumption. I understand that many new accounting grads are having a difficult time landing jobs. If you're willing to relocate, maybe you'd have better odds. Have you tried for jobs that don't require an accounting degree, like accounts payable or accounts receiveable? Once you get your foot in the door, you can move up in the company. Since you graduated in July, I recommend you consider other alteratives like that. Also, remember, Florida's economy is worse than most other areas of the country.
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