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#1

Are you a student? What are you doing? How’s it going?

I’ve just signed up for another open uni course, in computing. Don’t really know why, suppose I fancy a career change.

Quite looking forward to getting all the course materials and getting started :nerd_face:


#2
  1. no
  2. browsing DiS
  3. fine thanks

#3

went to the university of life mate


#4

Kind of, on a course that is accredited by Man Met through work.
Kind of Accountancy based.
Pretty good, got 2 exams left and the need to write some report by next August.
It also allows me 1 WFH day a week and 1 day in training so mixes up the work week.


#5

I am a part-time student doing a Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University, while working full-time.

It’s a nightmare.


#6

Nope! Am going to a Freshers’ Fayre (Fair?) on Thursday though.


#7

Also, I did Computing AS level and it was much, much harder than IT.


#8

I would like to do a course but I am not very good at studying from books


#9

I vaguely fancy doing a course but am discouraged by the fact it costs all the money and takes literally forever.


#10

Started studying for a Certificate in Local Government Studies on Friday accredited by the National University of Ireland.

It’s a one year course and work are paying for it. It’s distance learning, which suits me but it means that all the lessons are condensed into one day a month.

It is unusual to be back studying seeing how I didn’t really enjoy college, which was too slow paced and restrictive for me. I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy it but I’ll report back in April.


#11
  1. Technically yes
  2. Journalism (distance learning)
  3. The NCTJ are the biggest bunch of incompetent crooks who love to make distance learners jump through 500 hoops.
  • tried to charge me £400 to take new modules because my chronic RSI meant I could no longer take shorthand (I read the law to them, they backed down pretty quickly)

  • …But actually they’d told me my external qualification for shorthand was fine and then claimed they’d misunderstood me when i sent my certificate. They don’t do taught courses for distance learners so I spent (including travel expenses) over £600 on a shorthand taught course in north London which would take 8 hours out of my day travelling to/from it and taking the actual lesson… often after 6 hours working in retail. And then my qualification was deemed ineligible.

  • changing the curriculum constantly and adding in new compulsory modules. I had to take a full day off work to go to London in April and take a half-hour 10 question multiple choice test… which I finished/passed in 10 mins. (The course materials for that module cost nearly £100, thank god I said I didn’t want them.)

  • They fucked up an exam so badly (by losing the invigilator…) that we had to retake it a month later at very short notice. Paid travel expenses for us but they weren’t fucking paying me the unpaid day I had to take off work, were they. One girl had flown over from Northern Ireland to take the original exam.

  • I now have one exam left to take but they don’t have a fucking tutor for that module for distance learners, and I don’t want to waste money on an exam I wouldn’t be confident of passing without any guidance.

I swear to fucking god that if I knew it would be this awful, I would never have signed up to do it.


#12

My pal is going back to uni to do a full time MBA. He’s moving into halls. He’s never lived in halls before. He’s 33 years old.

I think he’s in for a shock.


#13

Jeez that’s gonna be a bit ‘how are you doing fellow kids’ isn’t it


#14

Incredibly so, yes.


#15

Surely there are halls for old people? Certainly are over here - more like little postgraduate flats than anything else.


#16

But how would he get to have all of the sex with all of the twenty year olds that way? I don’t think you’ve thought this through tbh


#17

why are you trying to ruin this perfect sitcom premise with your logic?


#18

Awesome, good luck! Do you have a background in computing or is this a big ole career change?


#19

I don’t have any sort of scientific background at all apart from a couple of gcses :neutral_face:

I like computers though if that helps :thinking:

(srsly though if it’s too much, the benefit of OU I can easily transfer to something else without starting again from scratch)


#20

thought about starting an Open University course in History recently - fairly pointless, not really opening up any new career opportunities or anything but a nice little activity/achievement to work on and I currently fall within the wage threshold to do it for free.

however i’ve just been given full time hours at work now so don’t think i can be arsed with extra studying anymore.