Hi bashu, I am 50 and in my third year of a full time PhD. As chickpea says, there are lots of us mature students around, and we can argue that our life experience gives us an advantage (organisation skills, time management, communication skills etc.). However, depending on your study area, you may find it a challenge to get offered a place, particularly if you are looking for a funded PhD. I worked as a scientist but in a management role for many years, and when I decided to go for my PhD my lack of recent experience in the lab seemed to be a factor. As it is I am now very happily looking at a scientific area but from a business management perspective in a business school. So, think about what you really want to do, and persevere with the applications. Good luck!
In my early 30s and among the youngest in my department. In my experience beyond maths and science students who seem to go straight through bachelors, masters and phd in one continuous push everyone I have known has had a period working or come from years outside of academia.
Generally the ones at the older end of the returnee group are the ones who are most dedicated and successful too.
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