I am 35 years old and unemployed for 3 years. is it too late to start a new career?

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Nope. You need to develop a marketable skill and (probably) earn a credential.

Dr. Kevin Fleming, “(RE)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century,” explains where some of the good jobs are:

“The true ratio of jobs in our economy is 1:2:7. For every occupation that requires a master’s degree or more, two professional jobs require a university degree, and there are over a half a dozen jobs requiring a 1-year certificate or a 2-year degree, and each of these technicians is in very high-skilled areas in high demand.”

Visit your local community colleges and find a marketable, technical certification that interests you. You should qualify for social welfare scheme. Hopefully you can pursue this full time. If your financial aid doesn’t allow that, do your best and go part time. Earn that certification and get a better job. Now layer that certification and get an Associate’s degree. Now you can get an even better job.

At this point you are out of the minimum wage/part-time job trap. You have little or no student loan debt. You have options. Now, the choice is yours!

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