Are You Too Old to Start in Accounting?

This is one of the questions I get the most. We will answer it in this video. Watch now!

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This is one of the questions I get asked the most. I will get emails from people in their 40s and 50s who want to do a career change and they are thinking about accounting. And they will ask the question, “am I too old to start in Accounting?”

I wanted to make a video on this, because I think you are asking a much bigger question. If you are asking this question, there are three things going on in your life:

  1. You are unhappy in your current job
  2. You are looking for a way out
  3. You are scared to make a change

If this sounds like you, I want to share with you my perspective. If you are unhappy in your job, it is never too late to make a career change.

I could sit here and explain how the industry makes staffing decisions, and talk about the challenges you might face, but none of that really matters. Those are just excuses. I could make a long list of all the reasons why you should not make a career change. In fact, you are going to have plenty of people in your life who will tear you down and tell you why all your decisions are bad. I am not going to do that. I am going to tell you to go for it. And here is why…

It does not matter how old you are, you are always going to face challenges in your career. Even if you start as a teenager, and make the most efficient career path decisions, you are still going to face challenges. So do not use challenges as an excuse. You do not know what challenges you are going to face. The only thing you know for sure is that you are unhappy in your current situation. The life choice you are facing is either to stay unhappy with your life, or be out there following your dream. That is the choice! That seems like a pretty simple answer to me. Go live your dreams.

I think what actually happens for a lot of people, is they use this fear over their age as an excuse to not take any action. They will say, “I am too old, and nobody is going to hire me anyway, so I am not even going to try.” This is saying that it is society’s fault you cannot get what you want. That is a victim mentality. That is really just making yourself feel better, because if someone else is controlling the situation, then you do not have to do anything about it. Well I am not letting you off the hook that easily. You have ownership over your situation. I do not care how old you are, you can make your dream career happen.

I am not saying it will be easy. Career changes are always difficult. Starting at the bottom and working your way up is hard. I am saying that because I have been through a career change myself. I know what it is like. But it is possible, and there are a lot of people who have done it. I made a video series on how to get your dream job, where I share stories from my own career journey. I will link that at the end of this video.

Before I go, I want to end with the most obvious example. I am here on YouTube, and I am pretty old for YouTube. I am 38 years old, and in comparison, most of the people on YouTube are in their teens and 20s. So if you are counting in “YouTube” years, I am ancient. But I did not let that stop me. YouTube was something I wanted to do, I figured it out, and I set up a channel. I am just happy you guys show up every week. So I am here to encourage you. Do not use age as an excuse to keep you from following your dreams.

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Neither Zach De Gregorio or Wolves and Finance Inc. shall be liable for any damages related to information in this video. It is recommended you contact a CPA in your area for business advice.

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