Philip Bickerton

Studied Automotive engineering and technology at B&FC • Adult Learner/Career Change (Age: 39) / Graduated July 2019


My Story

“Before coming back to do my degree, my future was looking pretty mundane, floating from one job to another trying to find my calling and I found myself in the catering industry for years. I passed my driving test in 2012, and that single achievement opened up a whole new world of possibilities to me. My wife, Roxanne, and I, have been together for 20 years, and we decided to support and constantly push each other to reach our potentials. Even though our routes and courses at university took two different paths, they both resulted in the same thing; an aptitude and unbeknown love of learning, and wanting to know how far we could go.”

My B&FC

“The tutors, and their engagement and enjoyment in teaching, has been the utter highlight of my journey here. They always encouraged me to become immersed in the course, just as they were. With this course, I’ve made friends for life and learnt skills that, only a few years ago, seemed beyond me. Doing my degree at the same time as my wife was great and I’d definitely recommend it. When things were stressful, we’d sit each other down and offer a different perspective. It really helps because you have an understanding of how each other is feeling, even if sometimes it’s difficult because procrastination seems to be contagious! I studied 2 and a half days a week, which fit well around my life because I could also fit in a part-time job and being the main caregiver for my children while Roxanne was working full-time. Getting help from student finance also helped us to manage financially, because it ultimately allowed for a work-life balance by ensuring that I could continue to only work part-time without financial burdens. I honestly think that coming to my degree was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’d just say to new students that you will have lessons and days where nothing the tutors say makes sense, but you don’t need to worry; depend on your friends and don’t be afraid to ask them to explain in a manner you’ll understand.”

My Next Move...

“I am currently hoping to obtain a graduate placement where they can hone my teaching and build a successful career, and ultimately my dream job would be a chief design engineer within the public/transportation sector.”

My Opportunities

“During my course, I did a week’s placement at Leyland Trucks last August, which was eye-opening and interesting, and actually gave me a concept for my dissertation. Also, Roxanne and I undertook a charity event for Francis House Children’s Hospice, which we have an affiliation with as they cared for our 6 year-old niece before her passing.”

Quote

"My wife and I studied at the same time, and even though our routes and courses at university took two different paths, they both resulted in the same thing; an aptitude and unbeknown love of learning, and wanting to know how far we could go.”