My Journey as a Mature Student at UCLanSTEPHEN NUTTALL, PART-TIMEMASTER'S IN BUSINESSADMINISTRATIONFortunately, we had somegreat lecturers and I beganto realise that, despite mywhich I would never havedone in my day jobexperience, there was a lotof really useful stuff outthere that wasesting ere I received a Universityand stimulating- which IBetween each academicyear, we had the opportunityto take on additional study,I was 54 years old, theCertificate in Managementmanager for Europe, theMiddle East and Africafor could use in both my existinga specialist department inone of the world's largest IT setting up my new businesscorporations. My boss wasbased in California so I got toplan my own timeCoaching, This has beenenlightening and helpedbusiness ops role, and inone of my new jobs inas I was about to take anearly retirement package.mentoring and teaching newentrants in the professionalThe topics covered a wide body to which I belongrange and we got to ork in The Business ContinuityWhy would I want to goback to university at my age? teams early on- and, whata diverse and experiencedIntite).Well, like many people, Ilike a challenge and I wasalways a bit disappointedthat I had never done aJust before starting my finalyear, I was diagnosed withcancer and needed to spendThat also helped keep us allquite a lot of time in hospitaThe final year gave me awhat wehave inside us untilchnical 'dayjobs' and pretty che coveringneechance to do research for thedegree after leaving teccollege, so I started to look the same issues over timetake quite a lot of time offbut UCLan provided supportand advice and kept me intouch.someone helps us to achieveour potential. To me, theUCLan MBA has been anbut the groupworked well and we helpedfinal dissertation and withthe support of my tutorsaround and realised that myand UCLan, I completedxperience I would not haveerience and backgroundwould get me straight ontomissed and my only regretI didn't do it 20 yearsearlier. The staff at UCLanare great and the facilities,especially the library (bothphysl and online), haveeach other along.arch on formal businessWe all handle thingsto focus on completing myMBA definitely helped me.I got it a year later thanplanned, but hey, I was stillThe opportunity to work onrojects in groups was veryMBA course without edifferently, but being ablecontinuity standards which sthwas able to get publisin a professional journalheddegree. So far, so good.useful and we got to dointeresting things suchsales andsomething I would neverhave imagined doing beforeHaving been out of full-timeeducation for 34 years, the as review theacademic discipline took marketing options for new here to graduate, so I am notbit of getting used to.coming to UCLanbeen outstanding. What aredevelopment at a Cathedral,complaining.We don't always know

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My Journey as a Mature Student at UCLan STEPHEN NUTTALL, PART-TIME MASTER'S IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Fortunately, we had some great lecturers and I began to realise that, despite my which I would never have done in my day job experience, there was a lot of really useful stuff out there that wasesting ere I received a University and stimulating- which I Between each academic year, we had the opportunity to take on additional study, I was 54 years old, the Certificate in Management manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africafor could use in both my existing a specialist department in one of the world's largest IT setting up my new business corporations. My boss was based in California so I got to plan my own time Coaching, This has been enlightening and helped business ops role, and in one of my new jobs in as I was about to take an early retirement package. mentoring and teaching new entrants in the professional The topics covered a wide body to which I belong range and we got to ork in The Business Continuity Why would I want to go back to university at my age? teams early on- and, what a diverse and experienced Intite). Well, like many people, I like a challenge and I was always a bit disappointed that I had never done a Just before starting my final year, I was diagnosed with cancer and needed to spend That also helped keep us all quite a lot of time in hospita The final year gave me a what we have inside us until chnical 'dayjobs' and pretty che covering neechance to do research for the degree after leaving tec college, so I started to look the same issues over time take quite a lot of time off but UCLan provided support and advice and kept me in touch. someone helps us to achieve our potential. To me, the UCLan MBA has been an but the group worked well and we helped final dissertation and with the support of my tutors around and realised that my and UCLan, I completed xperience I would not have erience and background would get me straight onto missed and my only regret I didn't do it 20 years earlier. The staff at UCLan are great and the facilities, especially the library (both physl and online), have each other along. arch on formal business We all handle things to focus on completing my MBA definitely helped me. I got it a year later than planned, but hey, I was still The opportunity to work on rojects in groups was very MBA course without e differently, but being able continuity standards which sth was able to get publis in a professional journal hed degree. So far, so good. useful and we got to do interesting things such sales and something I would never have imagined doing before Having been out of full-time education for 34 years, the as review the academic discipline took marketing options for new here to graduate, so I am not bit of getting used to. coming to UCLan been outstanding. What are development at a Cathedral, complaining. We don't always know