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What age is too old to go for your master’s degree?

Friday February 22, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

I am 58 and have always wanted to get my master’s degree in nursing, but the time was never right for me. I feel I am too old now and would not fit in. What is the average age of nursing students in master’s programs, and what age is too old to go for your master’s degree?

Feeling Old

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Feeling Old,

Your fears and concerns are so typical of any adult going back to school. And yet you will be surprised to find that there are nurses of all ages, even some older than you in these programs. Even if you were the oldest and most experienced, this would not be a reason not to go. In fact, you would have something to bring to the table that your younger cohorts would not.

You are never too old to go back to school and do something you always wanted to do. In fact, at the very young age of 58, you are in your prime by today's standards, since everyone is living and working longer. But that aside, education is a gift you give yourself. When you cease to learn, you cease to live. Read “Go back to school and change your life” at www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Back-to-School and “Age is A State of Mind” at www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/State-of-Mind.

Go for it!
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.