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buggerit84

Lantern Swinger
Theoretically you can get a degree later, either through the RN or off your own back when you come out, plus as a mature student you wouldn't pay tuition fees.

I know that everyone says that you should get a degree, and it's true that there is less pay as a non-grad officer. However, university is not for everyone. I thought I wanted to go to university, came, and 5 years later finishing (should have been 4 years) and possibly not even getting a degree, just a diploma in higher education, results depending. I don't regret my time at uni at all, I had a great time and that was in fact the problem. I spent too much time enjoying life and doing other stuff that I let it get in the way of my academics and come the end I couldn't even be bothered with it anymore, just wanted to get it out of the way.

So, to distill the waffle, do what you want to do. If you think uni is not for you, then fair enough, you don't HAVE to go. It's better to do something you want to do, rather than doing something because everyone says you should. I do feel I need to make one last point though.....you realise that as WEO you get to blow stuff up, whereas Warfare Officer, despite the name, is actually in charge of driving the ship?! ;)
 

slim

War Hero
buggerit84 said:
Theoretically you can get a degree later, either through the RN or off your own back when you come out, plus as a mature student you wouldn't pay tuition fees.

I know that everyone says that you should get a degree, and it's true that there is less pay as a non-grad officer. However, university is not for everyone. I thought I wanted to go to university, came, and 5 years later finishing (should have been 4 years) and possibly not even getting a degree, just a diploma in higher education, results depending. I don't regret my time at uni at all, I had a great time and that was in fact the problem. I spent too much time enjoying life and doing other stuff that I let it get in the way of my academics and come the end I couldn't even be bothered with it anymore, just wanted to get it out of the way.

So, to distill the waffle, do what you want to do. If you think uni is not for you, then fair enough, you don't HAVE to go. It's better to do something you want to do, rather than doing something because everyone says you should. I do feel I need to make one last point though.....you realise that as WEO you get to blow stuff up, whereas Warfare Officer, despite the name, is actually in charge of driving the ship?! ;)

Theoretically you can get a degree at any time of your life. Perhaps I should do mine now, 63 years of age, no mortgage, kids off my hand, no other worries. When I left the RN at age 40 I would have loved to have gone to Uni and studied Electrical Engineering, however with two kids aged 13 and 15 and a great big mortgage it would have been a little difficult. I did have a couple of friends who left the RN and did their degrees, however their wives did have to work to support them during this time.
no the chances of a degree in later life are slim, do it while you can.
 

buggerit84

Lantern Swinger
Ok fair one, but my sister never went to uni at first, went she was 25, and my mother never went to uni and then got an MSc at 48, did it distance learning whilst having a job. But I do get your point.

I suppose that I am in the fortunate position of knowing what I want to do, and all my main and back-ups do not require a degree. In retrospect I should have jacked it in a year ago after I failed 3rd year, but I was happy and in a stable relationship at the time, didn't expect her to break up with me 2 weeks before exams! Kinda threw a spanner in the works...
 

buggerit84

Lantern Swinger
No worries, best of luck, hope you have more success than I did! One last piece of advice - avoid monday morning chemistry labs with a hangover, not a good combination!
 

simonjgriffithshr

Lantern Swinger
I have found out the hard way; going to university after any time at BRNC is not a great idea. I called up the AIB and got my entry changed from a scholarship to NCE (both warfare) at the last minute (as in somewhere between 48 and 72 hours before the induction at university).

The course I was going to go on was kind of a backup course that I wasn't 100% sure about. So I went to BRNC and loved it, even ACE, then left to read for a Marine Studies (Navigation) degree at Plymouth. The only problem was, the other students annoyed me (not on my course, but in my student accommodation) very noisy and unruly (well into the night); it was quite a change from the niceties of a bit of boot polishing, a chat and quick G&T ^~ and then being in bed at 2230 for a decent nights kip (even if it entailed waking up at 0500...) Unfortunately, I'd say I'm enduring my degree rather than enjoying it. It's too slow and not intense enough - quite a change from the non-stop, full-on nature of training.

With hindsight, I definitely did it the wrong way round (and can't wait to rejoin), so doing a degree first is probably the better way to do it.
 

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