@Kricket - my mom says the exact same thing as your grandmother did when anyone says "Oh, I can't do this or that because of my age..."
@BaxterCPA: >>I'm not on the "fresh grads get all the good jobs" bandwagon<< I *totally* agree with you. At my firm we specifically do not hire entry level people, at least not in the tax department. We just don't have the time or resources to train.
And that guy you dated at 29 - hey, if he peaked by then that is his problem, not yours, obviously, as you had the good sense to dump him lol.
@Nelsonx5 - I felt totally overwhelmed by the material. I took the Becker online classes straight through without taking any exams, as I went to college in the 70s and 80s so it had been quite a while, to say the least! I just wanted to see what the subjects were like and if it was even possible for me to study while working full time. To be frank I HATED the lifestyle of studying and working. But I had made a commitment to my firm and they paid for the first round of courses.
After finishing the self-study courses, I started taking the live Becker classes (this time paying for them on my own), one by one. I never had time to complete the homework during the time the class was on, so after each one ended I studied on my own for a few weeks and then took exams. With each test - except maybe REG, since I work in tax - I was positive I failed. But I passed. I sure didn't pass by much but I passed.
I have to say the best feeling I've had from getting the license was at my daughter's 34th birthday when she bragged to her friends and colleagues about me. :)
It's a huge amount of material but definitely doable. Don't let anyone tell you you're too old.