Don’t hesitate to continue learning as you get older. I am forty-seven years old and attending the University of Texas at Dallas studying accounting. I was a traditional student at the University of Oklahoma in the nineties. I completed a degree in economics because I enjoyed studying the subject. At that time, I thought I would never study accounting. I would talk to business students that were majoring in accounting and strongly believed I would never have anything to do with the accounting field. Ultimately, I completed my degree in economics and entered the workforce.
When I entered the workforce after college, I learned that I enjoyed working in accounting. I worked diligently over the years and decided to attain a CPA license to move my career forward. When I went back to school, I felt a little self-conscious being around people half my age in the classroom. Also, I noticed that I learned a little slower than in my twenties, but I do not have any regrets going back to school to attain a second bachelor’s degree. I always enjoyed learning new things, and overall, I enjoy being in school again attaining new skills.
The other students are very accepting of someone that is not a traditional student. I enjoy being around these students and feel I can provide a perspective that only age can provide. Everyone learns more as they move through life, and all of a person’s past experiences aggregate to create a world view that matures and changes over the years. Hopefully my experiences in the past can give a different perspective to a traditional student in their twenties.
If a person is thinking about taking the coursework necessary to attain their CPA, I would encourage them to work towards their goal at any age. It is truly never too late to learn new skills and grow professionally. Don’t avoid new experiences that can assist you professionally. These new opportunities for growth may make you feel a little uncomfortable, but these new experiences will create rewards for the rest of your life.