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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    You're not too old! My mum started her studies at 51!

    I'm just starting mine, part time so it take 6ish years, and I'm 34

    The best thing to do to gain experience is to volunteer while studying. Check out volunteer.org and there are heaps of positions for volunteering in youth centres, womens refuges, etc.
    Definitely not too old! Especially not if we're all going to be working until we're 70!

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    If you're too old, I'm too old. I'll be 37 in March and will be starting first year of my nursing degree a few weeks earlier. Given we'll likely be working into our 70s, I'd say now is as good a time as any. I did feel the same as you though, and it was advice from hubbers that made me realise a few years of study is hardly anything in an 80-90 year life.

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    Definitely not to old. I did SW at uni when I left high school and in my year there was only myself and another girl straight from school. Everyone else was 'mature age' (ie. Late 20's to late 40's) and I have to say that their life experiences just added another rich layer to their studies. I'm now late 30's and wouldn't hesitate to go back to study another course.

    Best wishes 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    Sorry to hijack - can I ask why you have decided to become a social worker instead? Just asking as I've recently been thinking of changing my degree from human services to psychology...
    Hard to explain really. Psychology is lots of stats (which I actually love), lots of theories and attempting to explain behaviour. There has been no prac at all. I know that this changes later, but I still have to qualify for honours and get into a masters or a phd before I can become a 'psychologist'.

    The pressure to keep my grades up gets to me at the end of semester. I'm qualifying for honours so far, but I still have 5 units to go.

    I have chosen all my electives from the social work degree and I find them a lot more hands on (e.g communication), even though they are theory based at this stage.

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