"Staffordshire was close, easily accessible and welcoming for me as a mature student. I came to an open day and it made me feel like it was the place I should be."
Andrew Carr, BA (Hons) Modern and International History
Mature students Andrew Carr and Tim Ellis both discovered their futures whilst studying history at Staffordshire University.
Andrew, 34, from Crewe and Tim, 48, from Stoke-on-Trent both returned to education with hopes of securing rewarding careers.
Andrew had spent 10 years working in the service industry after dropping out of University as an 18 year old.
He said: "That wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Staffordshire was close, easily accessible and welcoming for me as a mature student. I came to an open day and it made me feel like it was the place I should be."
He enrolled on the BA (Hons) Modern and International History degree and, in his final year, wrote his dissertation on the dissolution of Yugoslavia which secured his first class honours degree.
"Staffs are open to anything and they’ll encourage you to explore your areas of interest - you'll get out as much as you put in."
Andrew is keen to further his academic career and will be undertaking a post-graduate course at the University of Sheffield.
After running his own recording studio business, Tim decided a degree was his route into teaching. He found his passion for history whilst on an Early Childhood studies degree and was offered a transfer onto the BA (Hons) Modern History degree.
"The course that they do is quite political and it sparked something in me. It was a brilliant degree to do. It’s taught me that I can put my head down, get on with work and do all the research."
His advice to anyone studying is to 'be prepared' and that is a skill that he will be taking into the classroom with him. "Start your work early and don’t leave things until the last minute."
Tim, who also graduated with a First, will be commencing his PGCE teaching qualification next month.
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