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  1. #1 Am I too Old? 
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    I graduated with a B.S. in geology way back in 1997. After graduation I had to move out of my parents' house and was unsuccessful at finding a job in geology. It seemed that 90% of employers wanted applicants with Masters degrees. Knowing that I had to move out and start making it on my own, I ended up taking a job as a business man. It was OK for about 5 years but after that it kept getting worse and worse. I finally lost my job in January 2013 after almost 13 years with the company. I have not been able to find work that pays a sustainable wage since then. I live in the Appalachia area where selling illegal pain pills is the best paying job you can get. Anyway that leaves me at 41 years of age without a job. I found that I qualified for a state grant to pay for graduate school at a local mid sized accredited university. I've selected environmental science. I'm wondering what you think of my age getting in the way in obtaining employment? I'll be 43 when I graduate if everything stays on course. For those that are employed as Environmental Science, how hard would it be for a 43 (possibly 44) year old coming out of graduate school to secure employment that pays a livable wage? Thank you for your thoughts ---------- Matt


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    It's doable.

    At my campus, we have quite a few people around your age coming out of a long military career and looking for degrees in GIS or remote sensing.


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    Changing careers to different sectors isnt unkown I know a fifty year old back studying accounting in university. Jobs around here have been scarce for awhile and some people just dont like doing nothing. So they upskill or try to find work else where but some people would get lonely in unfamiliar places. It happens alot with long time chefs also the standing on floors all day gets painfull in later years and they tend to change to jobs that require less standing around all day.
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    In your position I'd go for it.

    I'd say the only thing you'd have to consider once you've graduated is which kind of work to apply for and just where you're willing to go to get the experience you need. With any luck you might even find some jobs where your previous experience gives you an advantage.
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    Thanks guys. It's good to hear that some people have done it. I do have one distinct advantage in that I'm single and no kids so I can pack up and move anywhere in the country (or outside of the country).
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    Hello matt. I don't know what type of work you will be seeking but there are quite a number of listings for environmental science jobs in Canada.

    Environmental Science Jobs | Indeed.com
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    "too old"
    "way back in 1997"
    hahahaha
    hell dad, you're young
    go for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    "too old"
    "way back in 1997"
    hahahaha
    hell dad, you're young
    go for it
    Thanks, it's good to hear that I'm not too much of an old fart to go back to school LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt1162 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    "too old"
    "way back in 1997"
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    hell dad, you're young
    go for it
    Thanks, it's good to hear that I'm not too much of an old fart to go back to school LOL
    One is ever to old to learn,

    I sometimes go back to conservatories (who take me because of my background) to take a class just to brush up or learn something new...

    I am not the oldest or youngest in the class.

    One is never to old or to young to learn..
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    Depends, does 1162 stand for your date of birth?
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