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The Best Degree Courses For Women Over 50

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Whether you’re thinking about a late career change or you’ve been out of work for a while and now you’re considering getting back into the job market, you’re going to up against a lot of competition. The job market is a lot different from what it once was and almost every position is going to be competitive. One of the main issues that over 50s face, when trying to move into a new field, is a lack of higher education. More people than ever are getting degrees and they’re a requirement for so many of the best jobs out there. You’ll be able to beat the younger candidates when it comes to experience both in work and in general life experience but your lack of degree may still hold you back for certain roles. That means you might choose to go back into education in later life and get a degree if you want to compete for the role you really want. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to university full time because you can do online courses in most subjects.  The range of different courses on offer is a lot larger than it used to be when we left full time education , and a lot of over 50s don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the right degree program for them. If you’re considering going back into education in later life, these are some of the best courses to look at.

Business Administration

If you’ve been doing the same job for a long time, you might not know exactly what you want to do yet which is fine, you just need to keep your options open. That’s why a business administration degree is a good choice because it gives you the skills that you need for a wide range of different jobs in the business world. You could look at going into sales or marketing or you could even apply for accounting and HR roles. The business administration salary varies because there are so many different job roles but on average, people with a business administration degree are some of the highest earners out there. You also have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding a job so you aren’t limiting yourself.


Psychology may seem like an odd choice but if you’re looking to move into a career that involves dealing with people and helping them, it’s a good one to go for. After finishing a psychology degree, you can take further courses to train as a life coach or a counsellor, for example. These kinds of roles are well suited to the older generation who have more life experience than their younger peers.


A lot of women in their 50s have families, so dealing with kids is nothing new to them. That’s why you may want to consider a career in teaching. There are plenty of teaching roles available once you’re qualified and it’s an incredibly rewarding job, which you already have the skills to excel in. Depending on the age group that you want to teach and the qualifications you already have, it could take between 1 and 4 years to train as a teacher but it will be worth it because it’s a very satisfying career.

If you want to get back into education in your 50s, these are some of the best degree courses out there for you.

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Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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