I’m 30 years old and recently started a master’s degree in neuroscience.
My undergrad degree (which I graduated from in 2001) was in Computer Science, so it’s quite a career jump. There is some IT within the course, but not very much. It’s basically a medical degree.
I was made redundant earlier this year when the company I was working for went bust. Although work is easy to come by in the field I was in, I wasn’t looking forward to starting another job doing the same thing.
Meanwhile I’ve had a lifelong interest in neurology and philosophy of the mind.
When I stumbled, by chance, on a course that incorporated both of these, and had an IT aspect, I went for it.
Absolutely. It’s exciting, and it’s great to find something to be excited about, once you’re past it as we are
And if you’ve any doubts as to whether you’ve still got it, interllectually, then that’s a good reason to do it.
When I meet up with my former colleagues and we talk about what we’re all doing now, it definitely feels like I made the right decision. I certainly wouldn’t want to swap, and continue doing something that’s not right for me, rather than take a chance.
Do your research: make sure you pick the right course. Make as few assumptions as possible about the courses.
If you find the perfect course, but don’t think you’re qualified, apply anyway. It’s a different ball game as a mature student, and often, if you’re sufficiently willing, you’ll be accepted.
Get your accommodation arrangements and so on sorted in good time.