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Old 02-11-2019, 10:22 AM
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Not at all. Some companies and managers really like career changers - more mature than your normal EL, same pay haha. I'm your age though.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:27 AM
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I personally have been involved in hiring a few career changers, and they have always brought something unique to the table that you just don't find in 21 year-old's with a couple internships and a tutoring gig in college.

Having general life experience is a plus, and having any kind of meaningful work experience is also great, even if it's not actuarial, or even business-related.

I've worked with a former bartender, teacher, financial analyst, and even a guy who was a residence hall director. They were all unique in different ways, and their resume's stood out, at least to me.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:33 AM
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Good morning all,

I just turned 30 years old and will finish my bachelors degree in finance by mid-December. Currently, Iím also working 50+ hours a week so I donít have time to study for Exam P until I finish school.

So Iíll be 40ish when I complete the program. Am I too old?
No. And as others have pointed out, you can probably get a job with a couple of exams. In fact, if you CAN'T get a job with a few exams under your belt, it's probably not worth continuing pursuing the credential.

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Will I regret spending my 30s inside studying
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or will I be proud and happy I did?
Proud? maybe? Happy? That probably will depend on how well you like the work. Again, plan to start looking for jobs after a couple of exams.

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Well, that decreases your opportunity cost to spending all your time studying. Unless you would otherwise use that time to make friends and find a mate.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:46 AM
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I spent my 20s studying and having a comfortable 30s is making it quite worthwhile. I can't imagine a decade removed will change that. Also, you can do just fine getting an ASA. Several career ASAs I work with make more than me
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People here are saying no, you're not too old, and they're right. You can definitely get a job and pass exams in your thirties.

But when it comes down to it only you can make the determination if it's a good thing for you. Generally speaking, people are going to be happier and feel more fulfilled in the long term if they are social, get married, start a family, do things that build those relationships. But those things are hard, and in the short term they can feel stressful and not worth it to some people. There is no getting around the fact that studying for these exams will affect you in your pursuit of those things.

Maybe it's not true for you that those things would bring you the most happiness/fulfillment, and that's fine. But if those are on your radar, the fact of the matter is your thirties are going to better than your forties or fifties or sixties to get those eggs in a row, so consider that very strongly in your decision.

Not trying to drive you away. Just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into and what you may be giving up, while also considering there are a lot of other viable options for finance grads.
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Depends on how soon you plan to die.

MLC might help with that.

(not really)
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Depends on how soon you plan to die.

MLC might help with that.

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It can certainly help you with reasons for throwing yourself down a flight of stairs.
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What year was this and what were you switching from? I think this has changed as career changers from a non-technical field will find it tough to break in my mind. Need one or two exams but also something else to offer in technical skills.
Networking and nepotism are as powerful as ever.
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Not too old, and reasonable chance of getting hired (if you're in the US) with two exams and you interview well.
Agreed. Also, be prepared to give a really good answer as to why you're changing career fields.
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