LEARNING IS FOR LIFE
Andrew Smart, 40, decided he needed to learn to improve his career prospects:
“I was in the army from the age of 17 but when I came out I knew I needed to study to make myself more employable. I was a musician in the army so I could have done a degree in music but that would have been an easy option, so I’m doing social science and social policy. I’ll graduate from the Open University in June this year with an honours degree.
“I’d encourage others to go back to learning. I know a number of people I went to school with who, like myself, weren’t that academic, but now they’re a bit older they’re doing degree courses and doing well on them. Some are just doing it for the interest of learning something new, so just do it for your own benefit – it’s always good to be learning something.”