/ Asked by michele
Do you think age plays a major part in career planning? Approaching the "over the hill" age and attempting to complete a Bachelors degree as a late bloomer I am concerned about finding work. Any insight or opinion?
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Great question! Age should never be a factor when planning your career aspirations or anything you want to do really. If you decide you want to go for something dont let anything get in your way. Good Luck!!
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
When one is career planning and/ or continuing one’s education age should never be an issue! What should be a factor within your plan is a goal that one wishes to accomplish. Also, age should never be an issue for anyone thanks to the ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act). The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. So with that, age is just a number and a never a factor when it comes to planning your career future! 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 22, 2016
This should not be a concern.  When someone takes the steps to reinvent themselves later in life, it is a great story and should be celebrated.  When you do get to a point when you are searching for employment, this should be at the forefront of your approach to market yourself.  The steps that you are taking are courageous and you should not shy away from celebrating this point.  In any case, there is legal protection in the employment space for anyone over the age of 40.  If you suspect that you have been discriminated against because of your age, I would advise seeking legal counsel.
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