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    experience of people working within the industry required

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    Hi,

    Iím 43 years old and married to an Australian citizen. At present we are living in Germany. We plan to move permanently to Australia during 2003. I have been working for 10 years now in the computer industry and would like to change direction in my professional career.

    Before I started working in the computer industry I completed my studies at a university in Germany with a degree in biology in 1988. My major interests and activities during the studies focussed on zoology, especially morphology and animal behaviour of mammals.

    Considering my interests and preferences, my knowledges as well as my educational background, Iím very much interested in pursuing the possibility of becoming a physiotherapist.

    However, I do realise that the reality of such a decision depends on many factors and I need to collect as much information as possible before taking the actual step.

    One important factor I must not forget to consider is of course my age. Assuming I would be accepted by my preferred university in Australia(UQ) and complete my studies successfully I would be 50 years of age by the time I finished the four year study program.

    The reason why I've chosen to post this article here is because I would like to know what people working within the industry could recommend or report on (the age factor)from their experience. How likely is it for a person this age to enter the industry and find a job to start with? Could anyone share their own, or someone else's experiences on starting a business under these circumstances?

    Your reply would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Martin

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    re: experience of people working within the industry required

    During my undergraduate training we had several indididuals in their late thirties/early 40's attending as mature age entrants. I founf they fitted in very well with the other undergraduates though they perhaps didn't fully appreciate the volume of work needed to complete the course. i.e. You need to be financially independent especially if you are married. Your family also need to be understanding of a 4 year grind. That being OK you would not have any problems during the study period.

    As for getting a job following: First there's allocation (where the UNI tries to find you your first years job). Many individuals stay on as permanent employees following graduation (unless they want to travel). I would expect for someone with you years of experience would be snapped up by one of the more rural positions more that a bustling city private practice.

    ANyway just some thoughts. I would look at the two stages, the Uni as one and the Post Uni as the second.

    regards richard


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    re: experience of people working within the industry required

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    I agree with Richard - the Australian course is a tough one with very competitive entry requirements. Mature age students certainly are accepted but you need to think about the very physical aspect of physiotherapy, long hours of study (and ongoing study)....otherwise go for it!!



 
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