Back to school

When we hear the phrase “Back to School” we always think of sweet little backpacks, coloured pencil cases and wrapping paper covered notebooks. But you can go back to school at any age.

Back to school

I graduated University in 2016 and went straight into the world of full time work. I didn’t fully know what I wanted to be when I grow up and to be honest, I still don’t know. However, I do know it’s ok to change your mind. My job had it’s interesting moments, but I knew that I didn’t want to keep doing it forever. So I changed my path and I’m going back to school.

It’s not because I have to, I don’t need a new degree for for a particular job - I just love learning. I like finding out about new things and using them to create and explore my own work. I like spending my time expanding my knowledge and where best to do that then in school.

There were several options before me when I made this decision, each with benefits and drawbacks. Do I chose to go back into full time education at University and complete a masters degree or begin a PGCE? Do I start from the beginning and start a whole new undergraduate programme? Perhaps I could look into apprenticeships or internships to try something new? Or do I begin a part time learning opportunity? 

For me, I have so many passions and interests that I struggled to choose between them, but I eventually decided that at this time in my life a part time, home study, diploma programme was the most appropriate. This is an interesting option for people who can’t afford to fully go back to school; you can keep working and complete everything in your own time. This will give me a chance to see how I feel about this subject and whether I want to pursue it further.


So my first day is today and I’m not entirely sure how it works yet, but I’m very excited. To be part of a creative and stimulating educational environment again will be just the push I need to decide what I want to do next.

You are never too old or too far into something to simply change your mind. We currently live in a society where young people are made to feel that their decision they make at 16 of what they want to be when they grown up is definitive. That’s ridiculous! 

I am 23 years old and i’m still learning. I know some people who have worked for years and are now pursuing new career paths. I know others who have been studying further education for their whole lives and are now leading experts in their field.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

So I’m starting down my new path towards a new goal and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead. I know it will have its challenges but isn’t that what life is about? I don’t want to get so comfortable that I become complacent and lose my drive to improve and move up. 

What will I be studying you ask? Travel and Tourism Journalism ✈️Let the excitement begin!7d62d6282f06f64ba977105f724877bda16cb753.jpg

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Grace McCabe

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Arts Award Voice - Local JournalistGrace is a Theatre and Drama graduate currently working in London. She loves writing, the arts and is a musician in her spare time.

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  • Joshua Gould

    On 9 October 2018, 11:07 Joshua Gould Contributor commented:

    I suppose it's true what they say "you never stop learning" - but you've got to be open to the idea of perpetual growth! Far too many people refuse to learn, by taking on more ideas or adopting different habits, and this is surely something that needs to change!

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