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Author Topic: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?  (Read 2287 times)

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Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2015, 03:47:40 PM »
I don't know, partly luck I guess, being consistent and working my way up in organizations, using solid work ethics, spotting opportunities for advancement doing well in interviews, as well as probably the most important aspect: building and maintaining solid relationships. It's all about relationships and networking.

It also helped that one of my positions was a recruiter that interviewed and hired for a home-care company at one point, so I learned first hand how to ace interviews. ;)

And yes I see your point as well, and that's a lot of how I feel in wanting to step out of the corporate ladder and focus on what I love. I've done that actually, but I realized that not being a billionaire, one still needs to work  :P, so I figured with a business degree not only is there a personal sense of completion, it actually helps me in building a career in what I love to do, instead of what I've always felt I had to do. Having a degree opens doors at any age.

I'm just grumbling because the courses are silly, but there is no doubt about the value of the piece of paper.

Offline Asphodel Terrarium

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2015, 06:44:41 PM »
 :D That's nice then! Keep it up. And may you be blessed in whatever path you wish to go.

 ??? Hmm, are you an extravert? I'm an introvert and not sure how to go with interviews and networking.

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2015, 08:53:19 PM »
Thanks.

As with most things, there's a spectrum and I'm somewhere in the middle; extrovert in some situations, introvert in others. I have strong business and social skills, but I really like my down time as well.

Interviews and networking are things you learn as you go. But yes developing confidence and finding your own 'voice' is essential. One of the ways confidence is built is through attainable and reasonable steps. Take risks. :) Don't be afraid of failure, everyone fails. Just learn from it. :) And most importantly love and believe in yourself. You rock and if a particular interviewer doesn't choose you, it's their loss and there's something better around the corner. Always be positive.

It's not easy I sympathize, but like I said, it's just one of those things you learn as you go. It's a journey. Just never lose faith in what you have to offer, and how much you rock. If things don't work there's always something better.

Offline Asphodel Terrarium

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2015, 10:20:54 AM »
 :D Thank you ever so mich for the motivational speech!

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2015, 04:17:43 PM »
Anytime. :)

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2016, 09:01:26 AM »
For a followup to this discussion, I'm graduating in June! Already have the cap and gown, and the ceremony is going to be at Lincoln Center! Woot. So excited.

Thanks all for your input and feedback. I'm so happy I chose to see it through and finish.  :-)

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Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2016, 09:21:14 AM »
For a followup to this discussion, I'm graduating in June! Already have the cap and gown, and the ceremony is going to be at Lincoln Center! Woot. So excited.

Thanks all for your input and feedback. I'm so happy I chose to see it through and finish.  :-)
I wish you luck.

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Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2016, 09:56:22 AM »
Congratulations Kurzyk. :) I hope you enjoy your ceremony. You've earned it.

Offline Rhedyn

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2016, 10:35:10 AM »
For a followup to this discussion, I'm graduating in June! Already have the cap and gown, and the ceremony is going to be at Lincoln Center! Woot. So excited.

Thanks all for your input and feedback. I'm so happy I chose to see it through and finish.  :-)

This is excellent! Congratulations!

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2016, 12:31:09 PM »
Thanks everyone! So exciting... and so amazing it's finally done! I can't wait.  :-)

Offline SmuttyReader

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #35 on: June 05, 2016, 01:45:28 PM »
Have you graduated yet?  Congratulations, you deserve it!

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #36 on: June 05, 2016, 10:18:14 PM »
Thank you! I graduate in two weeks!

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Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2016, 07:47:57 PM »
That's awesome. Congratulations Kurzyk.  ;D

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2016, 08:40:28 PM »
Thank you Amber!  :-)

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #39 on: July 11, 2016, 09:28:56 AM »
And.. as of today, I'm graduated! Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Economics. :) I'm so incredibly happy I saw it through.

On to the next project! Personal training certifications, and completing the pre-requisites for the application to the doctorate program in physical therapy. My love and passion! I can't wait to start!

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Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #40 on: July 11, 2016, 09:35:41 AM »
Well done and it's great to see you getting where you want to be/doing what you want to do.  :D

Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #41 on: July 11, 2016, 06:06:29 PM »
Thank you Amber!  :D

Offline Irisa

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2016, 08:03:20 PM »
Congratulations Kurzyk!

I just got here, sorry to be late for the party.  I started college at 42 (and love it like crazy!), so I found this thread really interesting.

Goodluck on your grad studies!


Offline KurzykTopic starter

Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #43 on: July 25, 2016, 06:31:56 AM »
Thank you Irisa! Good luck with your studies as well!

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Re: Is a college degree worth it in your 40s?
« Reply #44 on: July 25, 2016, 06:46:48 AM »
Congratulations!!!!!! I know you've worked so hard for this and I'm so happy you've accomplished it!!