Message From Pauline
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Message Subject SAME BOAT AS YOU
Message posted at 19/03/04 11:29:05
Hi Anna, I'm in the same boat as you are in. I'm 30, with a young family and expecting another one this summer. I found attending a full-time university course was quite daunting and more demanding than actually taking an Open University course. I'm in my 1st yr and since I began studying with the OU, I have found that there is more support given to students, more time to complete and send each block of assignments in. The most beneficial is that for students on benefits or low-income their courses are paid for them in full by the government, so there's additional benefits of not incurring an enormous high debt when students graduate. Lectures/seminars are only once every fortnight and you certainly are not given 10 assignments per week to meet the deadlines by the third week. The OU is a part-time course, maybe a longer career route, but with the tuition fees that have been recently introduced, more people have been forced to take up this option of achieving degrees. I've experienced it from both angles and I think the OU offers better structured courses and provides additional support to their students. I am studying BA HONS Humanities level 1 and next two yrs I am hoping to study BA HONS English Language and Literature. Humanities covers all types of literal and visual art, philosophy, Roman and Ancient history, and Mythology. For this subject OU students can become members of the London Regional Arts Club where they are given additional help and support to complete their assignments. They take students out on free trips to theatres, museums, galleries, English Heritage and National Trust places of interest. Parties are also held around christmas time for student. Most students are 40yrs +, so we are both still considered to be young adults. My ambition is to become a future Journalist, hopefully in the TV Industry. But I have had previous journalistic experience and training to Access to HE level in this field. These days degrees aren't enough, unless you have sufficient work experience in voluntary or paid jobs relating to your career aim. So, being that I have young children and studying a P/T uni course, it enables me to juggle my time around my family and use my spare time to participate in voluntary jobs relating to my career ambitions. Don't let other people put you off, teenagers who have just left school these days rarely stick in their chosen careers for long, because they lack life skills and have no pepole skills. Teenagers are at a stage in their lives where they are at a cross roads and are not certain which direction they want to go in life. I hope I have given you some insight and reassurance that neither of us are too old to pursue careers. If you were in your 50's then my answers would have been completeley the opposite.

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