Nervous that I'm too old to start teaching?

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  1. mrs.tt

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    Newbie with my first post here. :)

    I'm 28. I graduated a couple years ago with my degree in English and I recently have given in to my desire to become a teacher. I will be taking a year of prerequisites (2010-2011) and hopefully get into the program for the 2011-2012 year.

    What I'm worried about is getting done with the program and finding out that they prefer to hire younger teachers. Is there a disadvantage to starting this career in your early 30's?

    I love honest feedback!

    Thanks!
     
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    Not at all. My partner teacher switched careers and started teaching at 33 and she's been doing a phenomenal job. Just be confident and open-minded and I'm sure you'll do well.
     
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    Thanks. I'm just so eager to get started, even on the prereq classes. I was just not meant for this office work. lol
     
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    Many of us switched careers in our 40s and 50s. You're a lot younger than you think! And, you're lucky to have discovered your passion at this point in life. In my opinion, your experience in the world outside of teaching will be a bonus for your students.
     
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    You're not too old! I am in my 40s and looking to start a new career after some 20 years in industry. People with some years of experience in a different line of work can bring these life experiences to the classroom which can be a plus.
     
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    I think those are valid points. I do feel as thought being a little older definitely helps with my experience. I have been a waitress, phone-line customer service rep and marketing assistant, and I feel like all of those positions have helped me learn to communicate. I think communication is probably one of the most important skills a teacher needs!
     
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    I'm 35 and just finished my first year of teaching. Nope, not too old.
     
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    I had just turned 41 when I got my first contract position with my school district. I was home for 10 years with my children and had worked in small, independent private schools before that. Definitely not too old!
     
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    28 ? ! Oh for pete's sake, that is no where near too old.
     
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    From personal experience, I completed my teaching certificate in PA when I was 33. My certification transfer to OH was completed when I was 34. I subbed until I got my current position at 36. One of the reasons they liked me was because I had life experience outside of the classroom.

    In addition, my mother got her first full-time position (after subbing) when she was 48.
     
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    When I read the title of your post, I thought maybe you were like 60 or something. But even that probably wouldn't be a problem.

    I was 32 years old when I landed a job at the first school that interviewed me. I actually think they would prefer someone in their early 30's over someone who is 22 and just out of college - especially at the high school level.
     
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    I'm older than you and currently in a teaching credential program. The ages range from early 20's to early 50's in my courses. You're definitely not too old.
     
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    I graduated from college at 40 and started teaching after changing careers! You can do it!
     
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    I had been wondering the same thing. I changed careers after working in offices. After staying home with my kids, I started back to school to do what I should have done at 19. I am 34 now and should graduate next year at 35. Most of the classes I take are at night with people that are in their late 20s through 60s. The few classes I have taken during the day are with the late teens and early 20s group and yes they do seem young. But, I do feel like I know more about the world and kids than they do. Good luck.
     
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    You are definitely not too old!
     
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    Nope. Not too old. I'm 47 and got my credentials 2 years ago.
     
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    :lol: I also agree, you are not too old! :D
     
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    lol, too old??? serious? haha. I'm 25 and starting highschool. I'm worried i'm too young! I'll be the youngest at the school. And, most of the kids look older than me....
     
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    I'm just waiting for another teacher to write me up for detention for not having a hall pass or something
     
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    It took me five years or so to find my first teaching position. I was 31 when I was hired for my first teaching position. I just finished my 4th year teaching. I have parents requesting me to teach their children. Just because I started at 30 doesn't mean someone at 21 deserves the job more than me and that I don't have a bright future.
     
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