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Career changer - Karen Flack

Took up additional OU study (Access course) with a baby, as a hobby. Then moved to a degree. Applied for a new role after studying, got a job.

I wanted to study when my daughter was a baby, so enrolled with the OU as I could study from home.

I didn’t have A-levels, so took an access course , which was really more as a hobby.

What started as a pastime soon got me hooked with interesting coursework, discussions and social interaction with tutors and like-minded students, and I moved on to studying for a degree.

Once I got my degree I applied for a new role, in a totally different field, and I got the job.

Throughout the study my life has completely changed, from part-time to full-time work, dealing with a divorce, becoming a single parent and moving house.

I left the The Open University (OU) to undertake study at a different university that was mandated by my previous employer, but returned to the OU to complete my Bachelor’s degree because I was impressed by the opportunities available and standards of education material.

The OU made it possible to fit study around my life no matter what happened and that is why I would recommend the OU to anyone wishing to be inspired.

"When my daughter was young I could fit the study into my routine, studying when she was sleeping and going to tutorials when family members could take over childcare. I met a lot of people, both at tutorials and online and enjoyed the chance to talk over the subjects which greatly improved my confidence.The confidence also spilled over into my work, and I was achieved a promotion as I could demonstrate extra key skills from my OU study."