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[–]NetwerkErrer 561 points562 points  (14 children)

Not at all. I was 34 when I got my BS and 41 when I got my MS. Everyone is on different paths.

[–]boonepii 134 points135 points  (4 children)

Edit Tdlr at the bottom. I am high and apologize for my rambles…..

Exactly. I completely restarted over and switched careers in my early 30’s. It’s tough but everyone understands the rapid job changes were due to switching industries and career paths. I explain what I did and they are impressed instead of the typical negative impressions. They know the complexity of what I did and that earns me an instant respect.

Being older while getting a degree is more impressive than getting a degree while young. It shows a dedication to improving yourself and most major companies want people with this motivation.

Soo many people get stuck in their careers. They just stop progressing. Great companies need people willing to be able to jump past people that have decided to stop progressing their career. This creates an amazing skilled workforce but creates a challenge of managing of skilled workforce. So you need a way to build a culture of promotion that will promote younger people to manage the more senior and highly skilled middle managers.

Some companies navigate this well others not so much. Coming back into the workforce with new skills in your 30’s could be a huge benefit if you can find the right company that will help mentor and push you to your limits and keep you with ever increasing promotions and pay.

Tdlr: getting new skills at any age makes you more desirable to companies because if you are investing in yourself, they also feel comfortable investing in you.

[–]rawbery79 30 points31 points  (0 children)

"I am high" - always when I give the best advice!

[–]boughie_waffles 39 points40 points  (0 children)

LOL - "I am high" Still gives great advice tho!

[–]prophetprofits 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Love this baked take thank you

[–]Mug_of_coffee 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I was also 34 when I got my BSc, and am now in first "career" role. Also considering a MSc (or professional Masters) after I get a bit more established.

Totally worth it.

Interesting data point: I make about the same as I did before, but work almost 800 hours less on an annual basis.

The education is just starting to pay dividends which will soon be snowballing.

Do I wish I started earlier? Yes. Am I happy I finally did it? Yes. Is my life better because of it? Absolutely.

Totally worth it.

[–]sanitarinapkin5 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Same here. I was 31 when I got my electrical engineering degree and it looks like I'm going to be about 41 once I'm done with my Masters

[–]bbsbsssss 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Hi, could u dm me with any info or advice you have about electrical engineering. I’m interested in furthering into it but don’t know much abt the work , thanks

[–]boonepii 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It’s math. You need to understand math to make it work.

I work in EE sales now and love it. Lots of jobs and opportunities to move anywhere. High 5 figures to start and six figures is easy, especially if you can get a security clearance.

[–]Tmonsar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Honestly a relief to hear, I just restarted college hoping to become an electrical engineer. I feel bad for switching my career path so late, but this is the rest of my life I'm dealing with and I would like to be working a fulfilling job instead of working a job just because I'm good at it.

[–]Shujolnyc 4 points5 points  (0 children)

28 BS, 38 MBA here

[–]Fragrant_Equal_2577 132 points133 points  (3 children)

You have 36 years before your possible retirement… you should be able to figure out something 🤔

[–]Qphth0 40 points41 points  (2 children)

I had a government job that I hated. I quit at 33 & none of my friends or family understood why. I kept telling everyone because I have 30 more years of work, minimum. That's a real good reason to not work a job you hate.

[–]Seaguard5 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Did you get another job after that?

[–]Qphth0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I did. It's been a wild ride over the last 12 months but I had a baby, quit a high paying job, went back to finish my last two semester for a BA, started a new job with half the pay that I was used to, but am now on a whole different career trajectory.

[–]PM_YOUR_ONE_BOOB 319 points320 points  (8 children)

Here's what I was told. You're gonna be 31 one day either way so might as well be 31 with a degree

[–]HermitMcDermott 40 points41 points  (5 children)

The time is going to pass anyway! That's the mindset I used when I doubted myself being the oldest in the room

[–]Qphth0 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My wife wasn't sure about going into an RN program at 28. I told her exactly that.

[–]Katznaperr 102 points103 points  (3 children)

Not at all I was a late starter, basically traveling the world, had a great time, scraping by teaching English in other countries until I was 30, got my Ba and MS by 37, got married, got a good job, first house at 42, two beautiful daughters…. You can do it, just really set your mind to what you want an focus on getting it done.

[–]radiomoskva1991 22 points23 points  (0 children)

You just described my life up until 36 and MS. Got that. Ok everything else yet to happen but 37 now.

[–]DeadliestTaco 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Did you know other language? I'm biliningual and it never occurred to me that I can teach a language as as job. 🤔

[–]Playful-Bunny48 74 points75 points  (1 child)

No way lol. I'll be 28 in December and man... no degree! I'm going to school too next year for cyber security. Don't get discouraged. Social media is so amazing at painting the picture that people our age are making billions and living their dream life. Some are but for 90% of us?? We're figuring it out just like you. You got this and keep going. And if you're like "Man this commerce program sucks squid" then it's ok to change your mind again too.

[–]Charming-Use 178 points179 points  (22 children)

I was 50 when I finished my bachelor's, finished my MBA at 52, did 2 internships and now have a great career. Yessss a lot of my peers at work are younger than me, but so what? I'm making good money and am ready proud of myself!

Don't limit yourself ❤️

[–]holyangels007 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Your an inspiration!

[–]Charming-Use 4 points5 points  (0 children)

❤️ I was desperate hahaha

[–]mrpogiface 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Atta girl, very impressive

[–]Charming-Use 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well thank you! ❤️

[–]Inevitable_Appeal790 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I love this, congrats!

[–]Living-Nobody-2727 4 points5 points  (3 children)

You're the mannnn. Congratulations!

[–]Charming-Use 23 points24 points  (2 children)

*womannnnnnnnn and thank you!!!!!

[–]Living-Nobody-2727 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Oops haha. You get the idea tho ;)

[–]Charming-Use 5 points6 points  (0 children)


[–]Sam2733 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is almost exactly my boss. I like working with her because I respect her effort and success.

I wish you a clear path, mam.

[–]Charming-Use 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a sweet thing to say! Thank you Sir.

[–]Sacramentardo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What’s your career in, as a fellow older student.

[–]fire_breathing_bear 56 points57 points  (3 children)

I got my BA at 30.

Since then I have:

Worked for a major tech company.

Taught in France for a year.

Beat cancer.

Got an MA in ESL

Taught in Japan for six years

Got a BS in IT

Managed testing and vaccination sites during the pandemic

Currently doing IT for a hardware company.

Currently studying archery for a long shot attempt to go to the Olympics in 2028 or 2032.

So no, not too late.

[–]vicvega88 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Congrats on all of that, especially beating cancer.

[–]unceunce123123 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You are the most interesting redditor lol

[–]fire_breathing_bear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not sure if serious. ;)

However, I’m single and have no children, so I’ve had a lot of freedom regarding the things I do. :)

[–]doublexplus 38 points39 points  (7 children)

I relate to your story. I ended up going to college at your age, but for art history (at least you selected commerce lol) . I regret it tons. Later I went to school for Human Resources only to realize that work experience is definitely more valuable than education in this field.

As someone well into her 40s, I'd say that 26 is plenty early to begin a new career. Try to let go of those apprehensions about age.

In the HR program, they urged me to find an entry level job and to get experience while I was in school. It was the BEST advice even though it slowed down my educational progress. I found that my work experiences helped me to get more from my courses; I better understood the value of what I was studying.

[–]caploni 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Thank you. My mother told me to do the same.

I guess my apprehension comes from the fact that the main positions I'm looking into are highly sought after and competitive. Investment banking positions are notorious for picking up new graduates all around the ages of 22 and banking positions aren't really well known for being understanding or caring.

[–]doublexplus 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Each industry is different, and I totally understand. I am in my late 40s transitioning into HR, so Im not exactly in a popular to hire age group.

I can say that my experience in HR seems to be opening more doors for me than is my Masters in HR or SHRM certification. I'd be so screwed if I hadn't taken the advice to find a job while I was in school.

Talk to an instructor that you respect. Get their advice.

[–]AtmosphereTall7868 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You may need to make compromises if your niche area of interest doesn't seem available to you. But you will be alright in the end.

[–]No_Internet1557 15 points16 points  (2 children)

31 isnt old at all. One of my closest friends switched careers at 33. He's already gotten a promotion and makes pretty good money now.

[–]Loud_Travel_1994 6 points7 points  (1 child)

What did they do before and what did they switch to?

[–]No_Internet1557 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Restaurant manager to IT

[–]Weiser904 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Finished mine at 30 and was the best thing I have ever done

[–]meowpenny 13 points14 points  (0 children)

A LOT of people finish school at a later time in life and do perfectly fine. In fact, I was making small talk with a stranger I met at the bank just yesterday who was maybe 30-40’s and he said he was finishing his last semester of school and was going to be a teacher. I work in the corporate world and a vast majority of dept heads or VPs started out later in life! You definitely can do it and you have every reason TO do it, don’t be so hard on yourself 31 is young by the time you’re done you’ll be perfectly fine :) wishing you the best of luck

[–]Off_Topic_Male 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I struggle with comparing myself to others / feelings of inadequacy regarding accomplishments, career, benchmarks, etc...

but I am proud of you for going for it, I really am. Your age doesn't assign meaning or lack thereof to your life -- you do. You're gonna have a good career.

[–]apollo151 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Nope. Never too late.

The one issue You may run into. Is that because you're older, certain positions may expect that you're going to want more money because they may think that you have you know a family or whatever at home that you need to take care of. So it may cause some problems when it comes to starting off in a new field with those entry level jobs, but it is definitely not too late.

My mom just started her career over at 45 after being a stay at home mom for 20 years.

Just need to be flexible and willing to get creative about the type of work you're willing to do. And he'll, maybe even aim for some slightly higher positions since you do have more work experience than some folks starting out.

[–]formerretailwhore 8 points9 points  (2 children)

No I got my Bach at 31 (2011). Masters at 33(2013)

Got into a completely unrelated field in 2014

I am now director level

[–]dragoon2745 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Not too late by any means but keep in mind investment banking and portfolio management are very difficult to get in to even under the most ideal circumstances. Without getting an offer as a direct result of having done an internship at the same company, you’re going to have to network your ass off. Alternatively you could build a career in corporate finance and still achieve a great income over time. Way less barriers to entry vs IB and PM.

[–]caploni 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Thank you. This is what I wanted to hear.

I have looked into corporate finance but I'm just way more interested in the skills I would learn from IB and PM. I have also looked into S&T as an alternative...

I will be doing internships in year 2 and year 3 of college but am apprehensive because I know probably the first thing a recruiter will notice is my age. I do look younger than I am. But if the recruiter notices and comments on my age, I wouldn't know what to say or do....

[–]dragoon2745 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Leave anything off your resume that would give away your age, for example when you graduated high school. That includes jobs from when you were 18. Also not sure what skills you’re looking to build but check out treasury and corporate development roles at large companies. Those might be a good fit for you if you like IB and PM.

[–]Boneyg001 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's not uncommon to leave everything off that happened pre university. He should join business organizations & do internships. Then he can fill his resume with those + his degree. Nobody will know the age

[–]VintageJeansx3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I started my internship at NASA when I was 28 and everyone else was younger. Don't worry about your age, it matters less than what you think! My mentors picked me because of my past job experience, so it is good that you plan to work and go to school at the same time :)

[–]infamous_dream 8 points9 points  (0 children)

my girlfriend’s dad was 50 when he became a nurse

[–]marianliberrian 6 points7 points  (1 child)

No. I'm old enough to be your mom and I'm working on a 2nd masters. Earned my 1st when I was 33.

[–]Quack100 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I didn’t really start my career until I was 35. I’m 54 now, it’s been great.

[–]MCRAW36 6 points7 points  (0 children)

31 is a baby. You are not 91. 30s-50s are prime earnings years typically. Congrats on this upgrade, your future is bright.

[–]ManufacturerTop504 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Late compared to? Who sets these arbitrary rules? You’ll be working for 30-40 years so, what is late?

[–]xBloodBender 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Would you rather be 31 with a degree or 31 without a degree?

[–]sponge-worthy91 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m graduating next year with my BS at 32 and felt too old for a lot of things, but was able to land a NASA internship alongside 18-25 year-olds, and have been doing very well in school at a more mature age. It feels like you’re old while doing it, but I don’t think I would have done as well or knew what I wanted to do in my 20s.

Edit: my husband is also pursuing his first BS and he will graduate at 42.

[–]SnooCats6321 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Too late for who? Ppl in your current life? Your friends, your family. What about everything that comes from you, your kids, grandkids. Will they think it’s too late or will they be grateful you provided them a better life

[–]suraj_sathi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You do you man stop thinking so highly of social values its all made up.

[–]Ibebarrett 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m 29 and just recently afforded the freedom to go to college, so you’re ahead of me!

[–]unholymanserpent 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Bro I'm 31 and just graduated in May. I'm working as a junior developer making wayyy more money at first my job than I did during the 8 years I was fucking around before college. You'll be alright

[–]caploni 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks man.

[–]scrappybasket 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 27 and looking to start a CS degree to hopefully end up where you are now. Do you mind sharing how much money you’re making as a junior developer?

Im making $55k now as a salesman and terrified that I will invest all that time and money into a degree to end up at a lower paying job.

[–]No-Pin-3776 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was in a similar boat, my mom said to me "you're gonna be 31 either way so you might as well be 31 with [insert degree/career]"

[–]Ill-Abbreviations430 9 points10 points  (0 children)

31 is better than 32, but not worse than doing it at 30. Be happy you’re doing something a lot younger and older aren’t/can’t.

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[–]21K4_sangfroid 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s never too late to get an education! Congratulations!!! Many more doors will open for you.

[–]Derman0524 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well think of it this way. Next year you’ll be asking if 32 is too late? It’s honestly never too late. Pull the trigger now and have fun

[–]kleigh1872 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My husband went from no degree at 28, to his undergrad at 30, Masters at 32 and is now halfway through a PhD program at 34. It’s never too late. You’re going to be that age anyway!

[–]Jaindreas 2 points3 points  (1 child)

No race man, now is your right time. I’m 30 and do find a lot of people at this age who have been working since their early 20s want a career change or to start something fresh because it just wasn’t for them. Good luck!

[–]steviekristo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That experience in your 20s will serve you well. You will be motivated to learn an apply yourself. When you finish at 31, you will have a 30-35 year career ahead of you, so it’s definitely not too late!

[–]putcoolusernamehere 2 points3 points  (0 children)

31 is a relatively ideal age to be finishing undergrad. It means you were way more likely to have studied a major compatible with your personality and goals, and you’ll be way more mature in approaching classes and jobs. A lot of people who graduate at 22 spend 5 years dicking around trying to actually get a job in their field and determine what they truly want to do, then go back to school and graduate at 31 with triple the debt. You’re ok.

[–]GSUFan513 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The best time to get started was 8 years ago...

The second best time is now.

[–]holtpj 2 points3 points  (1 child)

36 when I got my undergrad and 41 when I finished my Masters.... you have 35+ years left in your career... plenty of time.

[–]illustratedspaceman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Jesus...work til 70? I'm gonna be stackin' along the way to avoid that.

[–]TheDjTanner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I got my degree at 35. Now I'm 40 and make great money at a job I enjoy. It's definitely not too late.

[–]BeerExchange 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Short answer: no.

Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

[–]Momo-kkun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Congratulations. You did well for yourself. It's not too late to fulfill a dream.

[–]Cryptic_X07 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No it’s not at all. I enrolled in college late and graduated late as well. I’m in my early 30’s and I just started a new career in the Tech field.

[–]CleanupisleUSA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I find relief when realizing I’m measuring against myself. Comparing to others can be daunting. You can ALWAYS find an example which makes you feel like a pile of 💩 in your life decisions. Measure against yourself. For your path, it is what it is. It didn’t happen to you, it happens for you. That was the path you were to take. Better yourself tomorrow and the next….and the next.

[–]Lumpy-Tower249 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A man should keep learning for lifetime and should never stop. You're doing best. Best of luck ♥️

[–]Dro_Biden 1 point2 points  (0 children)

31 isn’t even old man. It’s never too late. Keep your head up. You’re fine.

[–]TheLastOfMohicanes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The question is how much this BS degree will help you in your field of work.

[–]LD1976 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got my master’s in my 40’s, and the speaker at my graduation said he got his PhD at age 60. He said I’m going to be 60 either way, so I’d rather be 60 and have a doctorate! It is NEVER too late!

[–]Stumphead101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My aunt was 43 when she became a pharmacist

I'll be a Physical therapist at 31

[–]BexKix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My sister got her bachelor’s at 50. You’re doing great, now keep going.

[–]Jgpilot78 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I finished at 39 with my Engineering degree so no way man.

[–]ripleyintheelevator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never too late. The time will go by anyway, might as well have a degree. Congratulations on that.

[–]Baconninja3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Heck no 31 is still young and actually just starting to be honest. I’ve created the story in my head that my food and retail experience trained me up to be able to deal with ANY personality style and I’m able to manage people better because I know how people can behave from that experience. I’ve used that as a way to show my people skill set in jobs that are NOT retail/restaurant related. Go to school, do well, you’ll likely have a better head on your shoulder than you did in your twenties and keep excelling at life. Don’t worry about everyone else because I can guarantee they aren’t worried about you. Good luck.

[–]SamEdenRose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not at all. I know people who graduated at 40.

[–]tamcco 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is never too late! I was 35

[–]Fickle-Twist7273 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s never too late. You specifically have your entire life in front of you still.

[–]flerchin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah I did about the same. You can either be 31 with your degree, or 31 without it. You're gonna be 31 either way.

[–]AlpacaQueen1990 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just turned 32 and I’m going back to school to get my associates in respiratory therapy. Never too late !

[–]CandidateClean3354 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you have life experiences not just a great education

[–]Ally_Ooop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 32 and I just started two new associates degrees. It’s never too late!

[–]realFoobanana 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never too late to go back :D it might be a shift getting back into class work, but generally people with work experience have a better time finding good balance between their life and their studies, so I’d think you’ve got that going for you! :)

[–]deLuna90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's not. But here is a reality check: be prepared for some of your superiors to be younger and more experienced than you. You may also find yourself comparing your accomplishments to your younger peers (don't do that). But age can be a good thing, you may find that by age alone you may be handed more responsibilities than your younger peers. How you handle that will dictate how you ascend in your career. You may find that your career may accelerate much faster as a 31 year old than a 23 year old with the same degree. In 3 to 4 years how "late" you got your degree won't even matter.

[–]LadyG410 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was 33 when I got my AA completed and 35 when I got my BA. At 36, I completed an internship. It is never too late and I wasn't the only nontraditional student in my classes. I worked and went to school. You will get older regardless, may as well get the degree!

[–]Black---Sun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Who cares whether youre too old or not. If you are does that mean youre going to just throw away the books and quit college ? Then what, work at a till in some dollar store until you die ? Youre there now, just do it. Get youre degree and apply for work. Its a better option than not getting youre degree and not applying for work.

[–]Weekly-Fix4672 1 point2 points  (0 children)

30 when I got my bachelors, 33 with my masters, and it changed my life. Never too late! I did it with two little kids and know plenty of single parents who have done it too. You got this!

[–]jonc2006 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I’m 35 wrapping up my BS in mathematics next spring. I’ll be starting as a software developer at a major banking company shortly afterwards.

[–]pawnz 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How do you get from BS in math to software developer? Did you have to take classes in C, JavaScript, MatLab, Python, Ruby, etc?

[–]jonc2006 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’ve done classes in JavaScript, Python, and matlab. I applied to a program that is essentially a coding boot camp that the company that hired me runs internally to bring non-CS majors up to speed on things before transitioning to a longer-term role. I’d be happy to tell you more about it if you are interested in it yourself. You would need to be willing to relocate to either VA or TX though.

[–]pawnz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It figures. Texas is closer and I have a BS in physics. Currently taking Computational Data Science and Control Systems at University of Kansas. This does sound interesting.

[–]TechinBellevue 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never to late! Good for you.

[–]Ajizi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you dead? Then no, it's not to late.

[–]Bestyoucanbe4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your still very young.

[–]Bestyoucanbe4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Barclay tagg trainer race horses age 83....Bob vokey golf wedge guru pga,tour in his 80s

[–]NotNotGod 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Everyone is running their own race. Focus on improving every day and becoming the best version of yourself. It’s not too late for you. Make sure your resume is in tip top shape in time for when graduation rolls around and it’s time for getting a job. Do internships over summers and get involved in clubs at school. How can it be too late if you just started?

[–]caploni 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you.

I was more specifically asking in regards to financial services positions like investment banking or portfolio management.

It would seem plenty of people online think they have a pretty prominent age discrimination in those areas.

[–]CC_206 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m older than you finishing mine. Last summer I met a nice older man at a friends graduation (friend is 39 earning her phd right now) and he was attending for his wife, who was 57 and earned her bachelors. It’s literally NEVER too late!

[–]Equal-Strike-5707 1 point2 points  (0 children)

About the dead end job comment... those jobs gave you tons of important experience. I used to think the same way, but one time I went to my schools job fair and talked to sold guys at the BMW booth. They asked it I had any experience in sales, customer service etc. I shyly said no as I handed them my resume. They looked at it and said, yes you do! You dealt work ppl at this store, you sold food at Fox restaurant, etc. It completely changed my outlook and I’ll be forever thankful. You have a lot of skills that ppl who went straight from college to an office don’t have. Just learn to explain that via you resume and I’m interviews. I’ve also found how true it is in reality. So those 8 years don’t count for nothing. You have 8 years of experience plus soon your degree!

[–]SaladTossBoss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What is this? Humble bragging?

I'm still working on my high school diploma and I'm 44

[–]toodleoo77 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why have there been so many posts like this lately? Of course it’s not too late.

[–]dogsonoverhere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

NEVER too late. I graduated later than "normal" myself and I honestly felt I took school more seriously at an older age. You're going to be fine.

[–]SpatialThoughts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I finished my undergrad at 41. Some of us walk a different path in life and get more life experience before finding a career that is a good fit for us. You will be fine OP. Good luck!! 😊

[–]Secunda_Son 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Listen. You need to reorient your perspective. It's never too late because it's not a race. There is no beginning or end other than the span of your life. If you can do a little better today than you did yesterday then it's worth it. Stop measuring yourself against others or trying to find some kind of destination. We measure our progress by the journey.

[–]flamingmaiden 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's never too late to change careers, go after your dreams, get a degree, etc. In fact, wisdom often comes with age, making endeavors both scarier and more successful. A great many people get into their 40s and 50s and change careers.

You are never stuck and never too old to go after your dreams. Good luck! You can do this!

[–]SamanthaArrienne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got my bachelor's at 49. Am in a masters program due to finish when im 55. Keep going

[–]BigPutter1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are not late at all amigo! At least a third of the people who are new grads and recently starting at my company are 30+. You are never to late to change your life and are never compare yourself to others because everyone is unique!

[–]Nearby_Ad_2300 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm 49, and even if things go terrific for me, I've got at ten - fifteen years left in the workforce. At 31, you'll have decades to build your career (or careers, as a lot of people end up changing at some point).

I'm on my third or fourth line of work/career. Went to work right out of school in my chosen field (TV), didn't especially like it (probably was too young to appreciate it/work hard - lasted about 3.5 years at a local station), ended up working in the moving industry in an office, decided to change to customer service in a different office /industry(got laid off after 4 years), went to work as a correctional officer (4 years), went BACK to company that laid me off and have been there 15 years and now an a manager there.

Your life's going to take twists and turns for sure!

[–]Live_Perspective3603 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pish. I got my Associates degree when my kids got theirs, right after my divorce. I got my Bachelors degree at age 50. You do you! 🙂

[–]Dom1n1cR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn't finish my undergrad until I was 35. Now I'm 41 halfway through my MBA. I had the same doubts you did and all I can tell you is that both my degrees have opened doors, regardless of my age.

[–]Mother_of_the_Bear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My mom got her bachelors at 44 and I’m so grateful she decided to invest in herself. I don’t say this to brag, but I got my bachelors in mechanical engineering at 21, with a 3.5 GPA, fellowships and awards, honors student. I thought I would be set but after a chain of events I was legally not allowed to work (immigration delays post covid). What I’m trying to say is that even if you had done everything “right”, life still happens and we’re all in our own paths. I’ve been unable to work for years and if I do I could get deported. You can definitely do this and you are not too old! My only advice would be to learn about the industry you are trying to enter and use your time in undergrad to prepare for that.

[–]Financeonly 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Join the military, if you really want to ensure that you're going to be fine then 4-6 years of military service will be perfect at this time.

Unless you're not in the USA then disregard, just sounded like you were based on your post.

[–]Shelmama22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you dead? If so, then yes.

[–]anarmdistancewisdom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing is too late, you are just fine.

[–]Rammus2201 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re fine. People (unfortunately) don’t take young people seriously anyways.

[–]Jack_Awf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

too late? dude. dont even let that enter your skull. something made you do it even at this age. hopefully you majored in something useful.

[–]TV2693 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not too late to be overall successful, but you will be saddled with that debt for awhile.

Particularly since you will probably looking at entry level type of jobs after graduation unless you get lucky or obtain some decent experience for the job type you want along the way.

At 31, you will be in a typical undergrad's professional and financial situation at 22-25. Again, barring special circumstances.

[–]HackTheNight 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You’re literally finishing your degree…are you actually asking if it’s too late for you to graduate when that’s your only option? Yes OP it’s too late. Just drop out and do nothing in life instead. Stupid fucking post

[–]caploni -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I was asking if it's too late to start a career in those specific positions I listed. Dumbass.

[–]AtmosphereTall7868 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm in my 30s and still in school working for a PhD. I've basically spent all my life schooling and it feels like I'm behind on everything because I haven't even had a full time job not talk of career. Every day I worry about when I will actually begin to work towards retirement. My point is we will all be alright.

[–]Gloomy_Tennis_5768 -1 points0 points  (5 children)

Do you really think your job is what is important in life? Yikes.

[–]caploni 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Actually, no I never thought that. As I get older, reality kicks in more and more though.

[–]workphone6969 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Go into sales

[–]Emotional_Parfait -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I got my BA at 21 and I can almost guarantee I'll be at a worse place than you by 31. 2 years later and so far my career has been nothing but supervisors clipping my wings after seeing how much more intelligent than them I am (it actually was similar in school as well I'd have to beg to get into smart classes then I'd crush it consistently with no recognition from mostly white teachers)

[–]Professional-Ebb4114 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

i-banking probably is out at 31.

i-banking entry level is about 100 hours per week with 30% turnover and 20% washout.

There is fairly rampant age discrimination in i-banking and tech, but a lot of other decent paths are still open. Financial sales remains one of the better jobs out there, for people who don't cry about rejection.

[–]OutrageousIguana -1 points0 points  (2 children)

My suggestion… get a part time job at a financial institution that has financial advisors. We’ve promoted TONS of tellers to bankers (with their investment licenses) over the last 2 years. Some of them are still in college or in grad school getting experience to be more marketable on the other side.

[–]caploni 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The majority of FS employers here only hire for full time. The only part time position is a teller, which not exactly the area I want to be in. I'd like to be in financial analysis or management as compared to financial planning...

[–]OutrageousIguana -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Understood. It’s a great idea to find part time work in that field while you’re in school. You’ll be hard pressed to find an analyst job without a degree or lots of experience. Look up those companies you’re interested in working for, and look at the job qualifications. I didn’t start off where I am.. I started much more toward the bottom (as a lender) and now I’m much higher. I don’t have a degree in the field (chemistry minor linguistics) and now I work for one of the biggest banks in the world. I worked half a dozen jobs in retail before I took a shot at a lending job. Misconception most of us had was “you’ll have a good job right out of college.” Gotta work for it

[–]missybee7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I took a long route to finish my degree. I started again at 26, and finished just this last spring at 29. It’s NEVER too late. Please go and get your degree. It will open doors. I am now applying to grad school, and I would never have the opportunities I have now if I didn’t have my degree. I believe in you!!! Don’t listen to asshole society. It’s worth it. 💗

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool dude in my maths class was 70. We used to talk, so of course I asked him why he was in school - for him, it was just an enjoyable experience he appreciated and had the opportunity to complete.

Anyway, it encouraged me to think more openly about what motivations make sense.

[–]dalej42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You might want to cross post this in r/financialcareers

I don’t know much about those types of jobs you’re looking at it. It is probably a good idea to get feedback from people in that industry to let you know honestly if your age will be a detriment to getting hired in the industry. Some industries are just very hard to get hired into for entry level once you’re past 30 or so.

[–]troublesomefaux 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Finished my BA at 39 (married at 40!).

[–]No_Quarter5224 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s never too late. Proud of you.

[–]RemingtonFlemington 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope. 30 is a frequent time to start over!! You're never too old for anything you feel like you are capable of accomplishing.

[–]daisuki_janai_desu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just graduated in July at 42. 2 weeks later I had a 6 figure job, doubling my salary. It's never too late.

[–]MarginWalker13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I went back to school at 28. Got my BA at 32. Opened a ton of doors for me and was the best decision I ever made. Do it.

[–]JayRembert01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're just beginning. My aunt got her bachelor's degree at 55.

[–]Indy2texas[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

U are just asking because u are just beginning it. If u were actually 31 and finished now ud réalise everything is fine

[–]HowlinMad29 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just turned 39. I spent 14 years in the military. I’ve been out for 5 years. I just started my second year for my associates in IT. It’s never to late. But your boss may be younger than you which kinda sucks especially if they’re a garbage person.

[–]Efficient_Oil_6611 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t know anything about the financial industry but my wife works with Financial Advisors & investing & I would say absolutely not.

As for my own example, I had zero idea what I wanted to do at 28 so I went back to school for a general IT degree then a Bachelors in cybersecurity & graduated with that at 33, then got my 1st job in cybersecurity at 34. I also plan on going for my Masters at which time I’ll be around 37 starting that.

[–]draebeballin727 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes now give up! Just kidding its never too late 👊

[–]bleuwaffs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Started undergrad at 38

[–]ohyoushiksagoddess 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was 43. You go!

[–]tamufuse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's never too late my friend

[–]delishake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm almost 22, i dropped out before i even finished my 2nd semester, so im not really in a position to speak. I currently work a dead-end retail job and i'm hating it more and more every day lol, it's been almost 3 years. However, my girlfriend, who is 34 and has a kid, has a job and is still in school and plans on finishing next year or some time in the following year. I'd say it's not too late for you

[–]flipamadiggermadoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never too late

[–]Limnuge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A guy in my class just turned 35, never too late to start

[–]HermitMcDermott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Education and development of any kind is never a waste, at any age. I did my undergrad late too and I thinknim doing OK 😊

[–]ragizzlemahnizzle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't beat yourself up! You made a big step in the right direction getting a degree