Paul__ wrote: I left my I.T. career three years and didn't look back, i had a small restoration business that i ran on the side and decided to make it a viable business, only recently i have been contemplating getting into a total different field, only question am i too old to be looking at a new field of study. Anyone have a similar dilemma.
I wouldn't call my situation a dilemma. I took a corporate buy-out way back in '96 and started my own company. After several years of reasonable success I wanted to get much more focussed so I ended up doing a Master's Degree in a city about 250 km from where I lived. By the way, I was 52 when I started and 55 when I finished. It wasn't an easy couple of years, even though we only went down 1 weekend/month. My business sure took a financial hit because I wasn't able to attend to it like I had previously. But I had anticipated that so didn't worry a whole lot about it.
The odd thing was that by the time I'd finished the degree I'd also concluded that it wasn't a discipline I wanted to practice in. Yet out of the experience I ended up creating the work that has become my life's work for over a decade now. Oddly enough that is working primarily as a life transition coach! My own experiences of changing careers several times and of doing it as an entrepreneur as well as a corporate employee brings a lot of real-life expertise to the conversations with my clients.
Please don't think I'm trolling for business here. I'm not. I'd just encourage you to keep with it. One question I'd ask is this: is the new field of study you are considering one that is highly regulated? If so, you may find that there are hidden barriers to an older 'newbie' being accepted. But, in general, I've found that most barriers are those we create in our own mind rather than being 'out there'. Even in the field of medicine where it was unheard of for middle aged people to train as doctors a couple of decades ago, it is now common to find people in their 50's as newly minted MDs.
As another poster commented: is it easy? Heck no. But I always like to point out to people that the discomfort or outright misery of their current situations aren't easy either. I've always found that when I know my discomfort is coming out my efforts to improve my life, it certainly becomes much more bearable.
Good luck to you, whatever you choose.
ps One other caution I typically have for my 'late life' clients is this: is whatever you are choosing as a late life career change big enough, juicy enough for you? I've just finished working with a woman, for example, who happily left a corporate position, bought a franchise and started her own window coverings business. But after a few years the glow wore off and she found that there simply wasn't enough challenge and intellectual stimulation in her chosen line of business. So she sold up and is currently crafting an entirely new profession for herself in her mid 50's