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Meet one of our Work Based Distance Learners, Caroline Taylor

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My decision to pursue a Degree in Engineering Management was not an easy one. Having worked my way through college and Higher education from level 1 through to HND all part-time, I was pretty much sick of it. However, my ambition to become an educator pushed me on and I enrolled on the Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) program at the University of Lincoln. The WBDL route was appealing to me as it offered a degree of flexibility and enabled me to continue working full time.

Initially, I felt completely out of my depth studying alone at this level. In fact, after handing in my first module I wanted to give up as I didn’t think I had it in me to go on. The support I received when I communicated this to WBDL staff was second to none, they explained that I was not out of my depth and it would all eventually just click. It did, and my marks improved consistently with every module leading me to get a 1st for my dissertation (something I will be proud of forever).

The tutors were only an email away and were quick to respond, including the administrators, all of the staff I had contact with were amazing and really helpful and supportive. This meant I never really felt I was just ‘left to it’. Studying fitted nicely into my life, although, it is a lot of hard work and there are deadlines which you need to be aware of.

Achieving the degree has had a huge impact on my career meaning that I could apply and subsequently be accepted onto teacher training in September. I simply couldn’t pursue my teaching career without it. The degree has given me skills and knowledge which will enable me to promote and educate STEM to girls in my future classrooms.

If you would like more information around Work Based Distance Learning, please get in touch online: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/_forms/wbdl/default.aspx 

Or call: 01522 835566

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