Hello. I’ll be as concise as possible. I understand that there are variables that answers to the following questions depend on, however, I am looking for a general “Do it”, “Don’t Do It/I wouldn’t” answer, or as close as anyone on this forum can get to it with their wisdom and experience.
A short back story. I was in the Navy, had a stimulating career that I loved. I loved it, and thrived, but I had to get out. I wanted to keep that feeling and momentum going so I had a plan when I got out, but it ended up being the wrong path. I started a bachelors that was all wrong for me and took a break. During that professional lull, I discovered Graphic Design. I started by designing a cover for a book I’m writing and it took off from there. I’m a Creative, always have been. Its of course subjective but I feel I have a talent for it, in particular with branding. At the very least I can say I have a knack for the multiple software platforms used in the craft. Long story sort of short, I feel it’s my niche and want to do it.
However… I’m 40. I have two semesters of general education left at the max (when I last left school), but would have to go back. I could be 42 to 45 years old by the time I’m done. Design itself, in any category really invigorates me. I’ve consistently been told I’m smart, can do anything I put my mind to. I’m definitely motivated and care about any task I’m assigned to perform (in that I do it right, and of it’s importance to my superiors). So the willingness is there. My question is:
Am I too old? Will deciding to go down this career path be a bad idea for someone my age? This is my worry, in which I’m asking someone to address for me: I invest all this time, grow older while in school, and find out I’m not marketable or I can’t even make enough at ANY Graphic Design related job to pay for rent and groceries if that’s all I can get. At that point I WILL be of considerable age for many professions if I needed to change. Is that worry wrong? Should I go for it?
I am asking this on a forum of designers because I feel a University answer will always be: “Follow your dreams…to our tuition office!” I feel I need to make a decision soon if I’m going to do it, and not wait any longer. Any help or guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.