Damien explains how coming back to education as a mature student was challenging but it was all worth it - he now has an honours degree and a Masters
How did you end up doing your masters?
I actually completed my undergraduate here in BEng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering. I really enjoyed that course and I knew it was something I wanted to progress in. I would love to get into a company and eventually become a manager. I knew this masters would help me get to where I want to be.
Did you go onto the masters straight after your undergraduate degree?
Yeah I went straight in after the degree. I just knew this career path for me so I wanted to go straight in.
How did it feel coming back as a mature student?
To be honest, looking around, it was really difficult seeing all the young students enjoying themselves and making the most out of the student experience. I was really nervous because I knew that I needed to study and I still tried to catch up with the lads. They were all really intelligent and I had been out of education for so long I thought I would never pass but I saw the light at the end of the tunnel eventually and here I am after completing my masters.