So it's really happening..
I've graduated and have a first class Masters degree from the University of the Arts London!
Four years ago during the Covid lockdowns I was made redundant from my IT post with CC Engineering, I had spent the last three years in their employment first as a Deskside Engineer at a security firm and later as a Datacenter Engineer. The work was varied yet i was starting to feel that the environment was soul destroying. I had no interest in seeking another IT role, in fact the thought of any officer-based vocation sickened me. I had to pursue a more rewarding existence, explore my potential and perhaps make a difference in some way. I had already realised my love for photography, equipped with my new camera (courtesy of a previous severance package) I taught myself the basics of image capture and was improving my techniques swiftly with satisfying results. Encouraged by this I made the decision to apply for university. I wasn't ready to return to the workforce, not as I knew it anyway, and thought that enrolling on a bachelor's degree course would buy me some time to consider my work options whilst engaging in a practice I enjoy.
Going to university was never an option when I left school, the education system of the 70's failed many who looked like myself branding us underachievers. Needless to say I felt a sense of disengagement from the system, I realise now that this worked both ways. Although I performed well in subjects like Geography, Art and Sociology my final grades were pitiful and I parted with a handful of CSE's and a couple of O-Level's. Prior to leaving high school the Employment Officer made it clear that I shouldn't foster any ambitions beyond manual or retail work, I settled for the latter. My working life began at Ryman the stationers where i started as a sales assistant but i soon found myself progressing through the ranks eventually becoming a store manager. Then followed a shorter stint as a department manager with the furniture retailer Habitat. Bored with retailing i became a postman, then a Travel Information Assistant, Admin Assistant and finally a Desktop Engineer at Lambeth Council. I held that position for 20-years until a drastic downsizing initiative, which came with a slightly more generous than usual severance package, proved too irresistible to pass up.
...more to follow
Friday 14 July 2023
Royal Festival Hall
Ceremony Video (BA Photography)
Full video available at YouTube