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Is it ever too late to get a PhD?

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Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2018, 20:23
Most people, it seems, enter a PhD program right after college or not long thereafter. What about people who start later, like in their 30s?
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2018, 19:37
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I've definitely heard of people doing so in the past. Age shouldn't be an obstacle for you if that's what you really what you want to pursue
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 01:00
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The answer is no.

Also because the Business School, in general, should not have biases toward the age of candidates.

Maybe, @AMJulatonINSEADPhD might give us more elucidation on this delicate argument.

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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 02:38
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PhD programs should not have any biases towards the age of a candidate since they should look at the potential of the candidate to become successful in the area or career that the program aims for its graduates. If for example a program aims for candidates to become future academics, then they should focus on a candidate's potential to engage in high quality research, regardless of age or at which stage of career a candidate is in.

From my experience - As a PhD student, you will be working closely with faculty members on the kind of research you would like to pursue in the program. Depending on your research and value add you bring to the programme (if it skills or experience), faculty will have their preferences, i.e. some will prefer coming direct from university, while some will prefer experienced professionals. Thus, what is important is the kind of research you would like to pursue, and how you leverage your background, skills and knowledge to this research. From there, faculty will assess how suitable you are to the program, and your potential as a researcher.
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 05:00
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2020, 06:10
I believe that is never late!
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2020, 14:18
I have seen a few students who are pursuing a Ph.D. despite they have grown up kids. Interestingly, their kids are actually doing undergraduate or graduate studies from the USA

My oldest student who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. is actually a grandmother.

So, It is absolutely fine to do Ph.D.in any age.
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2020, 23:57
it's never too late to start learning
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2020, 23:58
For example, my father is already 50 years old, and he is still trying to learn something new from me. He constantly goes to trainings and courses
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2020, 20:34
I think that starting studying at '60s is a good idea. You must live your life as you wish. The other thing is that it will be harder. It can be hard to write the application papers professionally but it is not also a problem as you can open https://www.essayedge.com/ and they will help with your PS, LoR, and other papers. Also, you must have good knowledge and skills, it can also become a big problem because when you are 30+ years old it is hard to learn something new. it is a time when you practice your gained knowledge and skills. But, from the other side, you may have the colossal experience.

In any case, I appreciate such decisions and wish you good luck.
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2020, 21:43
I believe that is never late!
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