Inspired from this thread on business loyalty. My brother, MrPrime, who is another member of this forum has recently been accepted into school again. This time to finish a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While he's a few years younger, this event, combined with a quite a few external and internal influences has driven me to the idea of going back to school and getting my engineering degree as well - here's the catch; I'm twenty-five and have a full-time career* that I could easily work until the day I retire. Truth is, I hate this job and on a daily basis think of something else. When I was young, I wanted to be a scientist, an engineer, a fireman and a chef for a prestigious restaurant; I had big dreams that I failed to follow through with. The reasons are unimportant but that desire to follow my dreams is still there and has been there, simmering and cooking, trying to find an outlet and time to explode. Focus: What were your dreams? Did you follow through with them and capitalize on your vision of a excellent career? Or are you like me, a destitute of your envisioned perfect life, desiring more and wanting a way to find that dream again? Alt-focus: I'm a firm believer that you should follow your dreams - I don't think twenty-five is to old for University. Yes, I'll be in debt and yes, I think that the idea of a university designed education is slowly going to the wayside but my reasoning is solid and ultimately what I need to do to follow my passions. Have you been in this position or have you followed through with what my brother is about to do and I soon to follow? What were the outcomes. *A career, in my mind, is a job that has long-term potential.