A young primary school teacher has spoken about how the Open University guided her towards a career after she dropped out of further education.
Vicky Young, 25, from Bedford, was among other students who graduated from the OU at a ceremony held at The Barbican in London, with a BA Hons in childhood and youth studies.
Vicky began studying with the OU in 2012, after spending some months travelling and working in Australia, working as a teaching assistant at the same time.
She said: “When I returned home I found out some devastating news - my dad was seriously ill and died a few days later. I had promised him I would complete a degree as it was his wish that all four of his children would graduate.”
She began studying psychology but changed to complete a degree in childhood and youth studies as she felt that this would be better tailored to career goals.
Vicky said: “I really enjoyed studying with the OU but at times it was not easy, working and studying took a lot of dedication and commitment. I somehow managed to juggle work, study and a social life and looking back I cannot believe that I achieved this in just over three years.
“The feedback and support the OU gave me was outstanding and I recommended it to many people. Studying with the OU allowed to me to work and gain considerable experience in a school which has led to me being able to work towards completing my Qualified Teacher Status. I am extremely happy to say I have studied with the OU.”
Every year the OU helps thousands of ordinary people achieve in their education and more than 70% of students are in full-time employment and thousands of employers sponsor students to take OU courses.