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Would I be too old for a career change?

Here is the situation. I graduated from college back in 2000, and was hoping to go back for my MBA in a couple of years. However, after working for a couple of years, I had a number of major family issues starting back in 2003. I am an only child and my parents are divorced so I had to take alot of the burden. My mother became severely depressed and wouldn't seek help. She was not taking care of herself, got into significant tax debt, almost lost the house ( I had to save it for her). She is doing better now.. My uncle became paralyzed (he and I were very close). I had to visit him, and take my grandmother to visit him. He was single so there was no one else to do it.. I also had to handle his affairs. My dad then got prostate cancer and that put going back for my MBA another year. There were also a few other deaths, and illnesses within my family that caused problems.

I am not trying to whine or anything like that, but it would have been difficult for me to focus on school with all of that going on at one time so I kept on putting it off. ..

I will be 29 if I go back to school next fall. My profile is I graduated from a large university with a 3.8 (Political Science/Econ), and my GMAT score is a 690. How would schools view my application? Am I too old? I really want to go back, but maybe it won't be worth it:(
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You're going to be right at the average age (give or take a year) at most of the top schools, so I don't believe age will be a factor. Students at Wharton, Michigan, Duke, Tuck & Berkeley seem to have above average amounts of work experience.

For example, Wharton's middle 80% for work experience is 46-114 weeks. 114 weeks is 9.5 years of experience, and 10% have more than that. Michigan's middle 80% is 35-100. At Haas it is 38-103, Duke 36-116, Tuck 36-101. So, you are well within the middle 80% at all of these schools. For schools like Harvard and Stanford you'll be towards the top.
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New post 12 Nov 2006, 13:31
I agree.

James, your age is not an issue at all. (I respect how you handled your circumstance!)
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New post 13 Nov 2006, 04:59
I am applying for fall 2007, I will be 29 then and I plan a career change as well. And I feel totally confortable about this.
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