Work was quite different from school. But I expected that. What I didn’t expect was to be back at school so quickly after leaving it.

I was very aware of the deficiencies of my High School education. I was also aware of the lack of opportunities that the Secondary Modern system had provided me. So, working or not, it wasn’t long before I enrolled myself for another two GCE’s, but this time “A” levels, not “O” levels.

Now to start with, things went fine. But somehow adjusting to working fulltime and pursuing a better education, didn’t seem to quite work. I was trying to do too many things at once. So, sadly, I had to give the “A” levels away.

However, not long after that, another opportunity arose. The company that I was working for wanted me to pursue a course in business studies. They were even willing to gave me time off for lectures etc. So that’s what I did. And it worked well. That is, until I changed jobs.

I then moved overseas, and the company for whom I then worked, encouraged me to complete a certificate in insurance studies. There were no lectures, just books to be studied and exams taken. It was a two-part course, with six units in each part. And that worked well too. I even managed to complete the first part of the course.

Then the company had a change of focus. Indeed, instead of pursuing the insurance line, they wanted me to pursue a more business orientated course. Now that meant another change. Unfortunately, the course was not as business orientated as it was supposed to be. So, the company lost interest in the course, and what-is-more showed no interest in me returning to more insurance-focused studies.

In the few years after leaving school, then, I tried quite a few things to improve my education. It’s just nothing really worked. My post-school education experience did not get off to a promising start. However, I had proved that I could study at my own pace, without lectures. And that was something that was going to help me enormously in the future.

To be continued …

Posted: 29th July 2017
© 2017, Brian A Curtis