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Want to go back to school for engineering at age 32

  1. Feb 9, 2016 #1
    Hello everybody,
    I'm new here and this is my first thread. Just wanted some feedback on my situation. I want to go back to school because I feel I have peaked out and I'm not pushing myself to see my full potential. I have always loved math and science. I want to go back for engineering and I guess my initial thought is I'm I to old to make this move? I work for boeing so they pay for my school. It would be for a bachelor's degree. I want to stay in the aerospace field. Thanks for the help.
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  3. Feb 9, 2016 #2
    I think you should absolutely do it if the company will be paying for you to study.
  4. Feb 9, 2016 #3


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    Well, I've known people who went to school started careers, got dissatisfied and then went back to school again for an engineering degree. It's good that your employer is helping to pick up the tab for your education. You didn't say what your current job is or whether you have any previous college experience.
  5. Feb 9, 2016 #4
    Yes, absolutely.
  6. Feb 9, 2016 #5
    I test aircraft systems at boeing and I'm finishing up my AAST that will set me up for engineering at a community college. SteamKing
  7. Feb 9, 2016 #6


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    In the UK it is quite normal for people in the 25-35 age group to go to University after working several years in industry .

    Often these are people who have followed the apprenticeship/ONC/HNC route to technician qualifications and want to go the final step to a degree .

    Some do higher degrees as well .

    People with substantial industrial experience before getting their degree can often have their pick of higher degree courses later on . Places like Cranfield College of Aeronautics actually used to head hunt applicants for higher degree courses at RR .
  8. Feb 10, 2016 #7
    For what it's worth, I'm 29 with a year left in my undergrad ME curriculum. I have full intentions of going for my Master's in aerospace. I originally started college immediately after high school at which point I dropped out and returned in my late 20's. A few things I will note:

    There is a drastic difference in discipline/time management.
    The experience in industry allowed me to visualize concepts that would otherwise be difficult for one with no experience.
    I genuinely appreciate the curriculum and coursework as opposed to having the, "when will I ever need this crap" attitude.

    The list goes on...

    However, I will say that I had a more difficult time, particularly in the beginning, with retaining information. This may or may not be from being out of school for nearly 10 years. My study habits were/are great, but it just seems more difficult to remember the small details as opposed to the fundamentals - and the small details are what KILLED me in some of my early engineering courses (mainly mechanics courses like statics, strength of materials, etc.)

    If you are even remotely intrigued with engineering, go for it. Going back to school was one of the best decisions I've made thus far. Aside from the career opportunities it has created (including my current employment), it has helped shape me into a more well-rounded individual. The engineering curriculum has completely retrained the way I approach problems, visualize them and execute - in both a mechanical sense as well as life in general. Best of luck with your decision.
  9. Feb 10, 2016 #8
    Awesome man, thanks. My attitude towards school has definitely change since I have experience compared to when I was a lot younger.
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