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Aged 36 - thinking of going back to Uni?

Hi, first of all thank you for taking the time to read this! I am 37 and after having 3 children (7, 4 and 2) I think I have decided to go back to uni as I want to become a teacher. I already have an undergraduate degree, so would only have to do a 4 year part time course (Master of Teaching) - distance education. I am not sure if I have the confidence to actually do this after being out of education for 10+ years. With having 3 young children do you think I will even have time to study and do all of the things needed? My husband has a well established career and we have all our finances in order (mortgages pretty much paid off, no debt), so going back to work/helping financially would not be the main reason for me doing this - I was hoping to just do 'relief teaching' , if that makes sense. So many questions! Should I do it or just forget about it - too stressful, not worth it, etc? I think I might just be panicking about the unknown but any advice would be gratefully received please.


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Don’t let these people be negative. Re skilling or up skilling is always the way to go!

The world is changing and people need to prepare. Teaching is a job that will always be needed.

Go for it

Never stop learning new things and bettering yourself! Just do it one subject at a time if you have to. Some progress is better than no progress. Good luck, believe in yourself! I got much better grades as a mature aged masters student than in my undergraduate degree.

Go for it! If you want to do it, you will find a way. I also have 3 kids and am single and by the sounds of it no where near as financially stable as you are, im 36 too and have just gone back to Uni and loving it.

Definitely do it. I went back when the kids were little (youngest 3), and the mental stimulation from the reading and research kept me sane, and the assignments kept me motivated and still in touch with a work ethic. The marks on assignments gave me a fairly instant reward, compared to mothering, which is a much slower reward process, and sometimes you seriously doubt if you are doing it right.
I did Education as part of my first degree, and the learnings from that really helped me with managing my childrens learning. It was so fascinating.
My Post graduate degree was mostly in business and engineering, so moved away from childrens education and I ended up doing a lot of adult educating, as I brought new productivity approaches into the very large organisation I worked in.
None of my education qualifications was ever wasted.
You could offer to help out in your childrens classes, just to get a feeling for the different learning challenges at different ages.
You will find that with relief teaching:
* you dont carry that massive workload home with you, like you do if you are a full time teacher with total responsibility for a class. And no administrative crap.
* BUT, you need up your sleeve some techniques of entertaining learning activities you can run at a pinch, if you walk into a class with no work pre-planned.
* it will be feast and famine - lots of work in flu season, mid winter exhaustion when teachers lose their voices.
* you will get progressively more work if you build relationships with headmasters of schools close by, and they learn you are reliable.

There is also potential for after school coaching in difficult subjects like maths, once you are experienced.

 I also did the post graduate as distance education. Some Unis are much better at providing structured reading lists and guidance for support than others, so do some checking. Some even give clear guidance on what they are looking for in your essay and examination answers. Less chance of stuffing up unnecessarily simply because you didnt know how they would be judging you.
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I’m 43 & just completed my 1st year Bachelor of Nursing. Do it. even if only part time you will be chipping away at it.

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Do it. I am exactly the same as you.! I work full time, 3 kids and still studyingbteaching! Pracs are hard to plan but 3rd year in!

Why not! You've possibly got about 30 years of working ahead of you, so may as well do something you want to do. And 4 years out of that isn't much. If you are committed, you will find a way. I'd probably make a weekly schedule and see where you can add in study time, and try to stick to it. Best of luck!

Go for it!
I personally found studying on campus more successful than distance education (even with young children), as you have to dedicate a specific time to attend classes.
Just my experience but, good luck with it all.

Not easy being a teacher and not easy getting full time work

 She wants to do relief teaching
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 Someone has to teach our children
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Do it!!!! You only live once. You need to go out knowing that you have done all you can to live a happy life. I started my degree last year and it has made me a better mother. This is something for me. It’s something that makes me happy and after every assignment or exam I feel I’ve accomplished something. You won’t regret it.
If you call up the uni you want to go through, they will probably have bridging courses to help you get used to studying. Don’t be afraid to reach for your dreams. Do it!

Personally I tired distance education part time with a full time job no kids. It was a struggle for me and I kept it up for one year only. Got sick from the stress to get good grades and I normally don’t get sick

You already have an undergrad it will be easier second time round. I just completed a masters at 46. My kids are teens I’m already in the workforce this is just a boost to my credentials. I am really fit and train 4-5 times a week. You have to keep setting goals in your life.