So I am 34 years old, and I put my career prospects on hold for about 10 years, and have been employed for around 5 of those years. A lot was due to a huge health scare due to working that happened in my early 20s, combined with money that I had inherited, which caused me to foolishly rest on my laurels and health fears. I wasted away my 20s in a long-distance relationship, which we had planned on having a family etc. It recently ended, unfortunately. Now, I am in a predicament where I have to truly think about how I am going to strategize the remaining years I have. I no longer look young, and my work experience is horrible. I could either start in retail once again, however I worry I will be stuck there for the remaining years of my life, or worse be laid off because I am not moving anywhere within the company. The other option is to go back to school in something more profitable and secure regarding the future. I have heard ageism starts around the age of 35 for women though, and this is for experienced women, too! What are your thoughts? School will begin in 2021 if I do apply. I would graduate at 37 if I finish. If I stick with retail, who knows where it would lead me, though it would be something on my resume at the moment than nothing. Any thoughts? Thanks so much.