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2016-02-10 07:38:33 Post No. 1086448
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Does anyone on /biz/ have any experience returning to College/University as a mature age student? By mature i mean over 30.
I'm a HVAC electrician who has spent the last 10 years programming, installing and commissioning building management systems. I spent a few years before that working as a network administrator but never pursued a formal qualification. My career has reached a point of stagnation where there's little room for wage growth apart from shopping around for a few extra dollars, the work isn't challenging and the only real move would be into project or service management.
Instead I've been flirting with the idea of furthering my studies. I feel I'm underachieving at this point of my life and have been flirting with the idea of studying electrical engineering instead. I probably wouldn't have to borrow any money and know enough people to drum up sub-contract work to keep going.
Have any other mature aged professionals here made the same leap? Left their comfy careers to study and pursue a new one? Any advice and was it worth it? Did your skills compliment what you were studying or did you have to start completely fresh?