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am i too old for a degree to positivly affect my chances of getting a good job
i am 22 and have applied to start a degree with the open university in computing with buisiness for 0ctober 2009. i will be 23 when i start and could be at the age of 26-29 by the time i finish, depending on how intensive i choose to study. bearing in mind i work in a full time job it will probably be near the later age. if i graduate with a degree would i be considered too old at the age of 26-29, when most students graduate when they are 21?
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siasl74 answers:

A mate of mine is doing something similar and he's in his 40's.

Anyone seeing that you managed to further educate yourself while holding down a job will give you plus points, if anything. You'll be experienced *and* qualified, which everyone looks for.

To further your chances, try to have a job that gets you started in the area you want to be employed in. Also, you may want to mention it when you go for jobs as they might be flexible enough to allow you time off for it (if they're nice) but try not to make it seem like a requirement if it isn't.

Someone aged 29 with a degree *and* experience will get the job over a 21 year old fresh out of uni.

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seacommander answers:

You certainly wouldn't be too old especially if you graduated with a good degree eg either a first or upper second. Your degree course looks ideal for today's business requirements.
In some ways you might have an advantage over younger candidtaes in that you will already have had some work experience and might be able to offer a degree of maturity.
Go for it - it certainly won't do you any harm.

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P-Kasso answers:

22 too old?

When I was employing people I'd have been far more impressed by someone who had the drive to take a degree rather than being someone who just naturally drifted from school and then to university without thinking.

Deciding to take a degree 'late' shows initiative, drive, self discipline and being a self starter who manage their lives even with all the other pressures of working for a living.

You'd quite rightfully be the first person I considered and an asset to the company.

So make sure you point that out to any future employer. It is an immense feather in your cap.

Not only that but 'mature' students tend to bring far more life experience and a far more solid attitude and approach to their studies than an 18 year old straight out of school with no real experience of real life.

So go for it!

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rasputin1309 answers:

No - there are increasing numbers of "mature" students doing degrees - you are considerably younger then most of them - employers tend to prefer older students and older students certainly seem to do better at University than the stereotypical 18-19 yr old school leaver.

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laratheangel answers:

You would be able to join the graduate scheme of a big company if you had a degree because they are no longer allowed to specify age limits. These schemes are supposed to be good, so it would help you're career. xx

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Theminxy1 answers:

I didn't go to university until I was 35... Mainly because I had to wait for the children to be old enough to cope with having a student mum who spent most of her time in Oxford. I would recommend it at any time of your life.

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