Education is 'HARD', first test after 27 years
Have to say an oi oi to Cantleave I too took proper exams!!
Unfortunately, despite passing my 'o' levels I did not continue school although I guess I was one of the lucky ones and did attend nursing school at the Royal Free, which was barely acceptable being considered the equivalent of a trade. Despite my JW religous veiws I did want to work for an NGO like medcines sans frontier and do good worldly AND spiritual work.
Fast forward 20 years I went to the Open University, BRITAINS NATIONAL TREASURE , the philosophy module I completed was the best thing I ever did. It fully enabled my critical thinking faculties to flourish & taught me to evaluate claims in a logical way. Without it I would never have fully apreciated ttatt. The sheer arogance of the WT popes to assume that folk that have spent lifetimes studying scriptures, greek, hebrew, Judaic studies etc know nothing and whose work can be brushed aside is astounding. Only after studying a little myself did I fully appreciate this.
Marvster I highly recommend you go for a course there as you do not need GCSE's as a mature student.
Glad to hear about everyone taking advatage of available educational opportunities. If I was back in the states, I would be going to local CC for basic chemistry classes. Right now I am doing MIT on-line courses (free but helps to buy the text book).
Thankfully, when I was getting recruited, nobody discouraged me from completing my degree program and for the last 30 year I have been employed in software development in telecommunications industry.
Still, it could have been much more. I never went back for advanced degrees or got in involved with 'worldly' networking events. No after work basketball games with the boss or bonding experiences with the team outside of work. My loss.
cantleave... I hear you!..
we were the 'first' year (1988) to do GCSE's after the termination of O' Level exams, and it was a total mess.. My older brother and sisters did O' Levels.. and two of them are in a different stratosphere intellectually... I've heard about how difficult the O' Levels really were, from them and others older than I..
LUHE, yep I think, I'm much more ready and willing to do the revision required... and as opposed to way back when, I now actually 'want' to study the subject...! all so-called worldly people, have been nothing but encouraging, as everybody is here too.... what a difference...
I can't thank you all enough for the great examples, personal stories and advice.. AK, FTB, Diogenesister, and the rest of you thankyou thank you..
Diogenesister, I was considering OU because I speak a second language, was in the foreign language field for 15 years, so am, well, almost fluent, so getting a qualification in the language is a very possible future consideration...