Pride Life Magazine - - FEATURE -

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.”


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