So. Woke up today, and realized I'm 28 and wasted my last six years being a journalist. To make a long story short: I've decided to go back to uni, and start fresh on the bachelor/master/phd ladder. If all goes according to plan, I'll be 33 when I'm done with the master and 36 when Ive got the phd. The good old question is: Is it at all realistic to hope for an ok job in physics (or any science) at that age? Does old age or previous work experience (urelated, like journalism) at all offer any advantages - or does the 28 year old fresh out of school kiddo glide past? I've seen a couple of threads about this, but it is hard to find any good answers. People seem quite devided in the two groups: "its never too late, you can study when your 64" and "you better have that phd before you are 23". Neither of these are helpful.