JOBSEARCH: What is the break even point on investing in yourself?

10 Career Lessons from Julia Child
Tuesday, 27th September 2011 (by April Dykman)

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3. You’re never to old to learn something new. Julia was 36 years old when she started learning a new language. She didn’t enroll in culinary school until age 37. Julia had a constant thirst for knowledge and didn’t rest until she’d mastered or learned whatever it was that piqued her curiosity.

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I’m not so sure that this is true.

In my case, at age 64 with a “career” of 5 to 7 years at best, what’s the ROI on learning a new language or studying for a new skill?

I heard some one at a job search networking group tell the table that she was so busy working on getting 4 different paper certifications. She had enough skills to get a job; so one has to question the ROI.


Like the kids going to college, for something other than law, medicine, or engineering, taking four years out and spending enough for two houses, ignores the ROI.

What the break even point is I have no idea, but folks are NOT even asking the question.

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