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    to become a dental assisstant
    I looked up the immigration site and dental ass only needs 2 yr work experience,no quals etc
    Its gonna be 2 yr before we can apply for pr anyhow
    Now this would be fine for me,but would i ,be at the age of 37, too old to apply for this kind work if i saw it.
    Going with any dentists ive went to,most of the assisstants were young
    Ive saw a few advertised and no experience is required.
    Id be mortified to go and ask a dentist face to face,so thought id air it on here.
    Go on you can be honest with me
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    I recommend that you talk with some dental hygienists and dentists. I've also noticed that hygienists tend to be young women, but don't know why. Maybe the pay is awful, and they move on to something better after a little while. Maybe they get tired of all those rotten teeth and fetid breaths. Maybe the dentists prefer sweet young things. Personally, I don't think 37 should be too old, but check it out before devoting 2 years of your life to it. Good luck!
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    cheers Selchie,i think myself its maybe good for a youngster just out of school.I suppose i can always phone if i see one going,that way i can ask age preference,if any without taking a big
    And as you say maybe find out pay,if it would be worth it
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    If it was what I wanted to do, I wouldn't hesitate in asking if there was an age limit. You're already half-expecting that there is so it shouldn't hurt too much if they confirm there is. Some companies do prefer older employees because they are often more reliable so what have you got to lose? And, let's face it, 37 isn't OLD unless you're about 8, in which case it probably does seem old.

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    I don't know about New Zealand, but dental assistant pay here in the states is not good. The dental assistant courses are generally offered by vocational schools, so the young ones graduate from high school and can go right into the work force instead of heading to college if that is the way they want to go.

    Hey, 37 is young! I decided to learn to drive big trucks after I turned the big
    5-0. I'm kind of rolling around the idea of becoming a flight attendant at some point, as they have no age restrictions. Go for it if it is something you want to do!
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    cheers mb and happywoman
    I will do some research into it and see,i think myself pay could be more aimed at school leavers etc
    Good on you happywoman for thinking about given flight attendant a go,keep us clued up if you do decide to go for it
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    My sister got her nursing degree (RN) last year at the age of 42. After years of "on the job" experience nursing her boys and our parents, I'm sure she is bringing a lot of sensible knowledge to her job. Do what calls you, Meadow! And kudos to 1HW for her pursuits.
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    You're never to old - like selchie's sister I qualified as a nurse at the ripe old age of 40. Best thing I ever did - couldn't go to NZ if I hadn't Us more 'mature' individuals have a lot to offer other than knowledge. We have a whole set of skills that can't be taught in a classroom.
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