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Hi all. I'm considering a career change, but I'm wondering if it's worth it. I'm currently 43 and considering getting a mechanical engineering degree. I'm in the US and I don't know if it's worth taking on all the debt this late in life and even if I would be hireable considering I would be pushing 50 by the time I graduated and got through any required internship. Anyone here have a part in hiring engineers mind weighing in with their opinions?

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If you are persistent, resourceful, and willing to work you have much more to offer than most job seekers. There are many jobs essential to the survival of civilization that are horrifying to the typical college student. Get up before noon and actually go to work? Unthinkable! Touch a wrench? (Don't even think about twisting it.) Change out of your pajamas? Ridiculous! I have done it all and had a blast. I started out as a mechanic at age 14. I went from doing front end alignments and replacing ball joints to getting a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and teaching at university. I have worked in power plants and factories all over the world. There is a crying need for people who understand the way things work and stand ready to fix them. Don't bother with a degree at this point. They'll just push you into "machine learning" or "3D printing" or some other worthless pursuit.

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