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    Part Time Degree

    It's looking hopefull that work will be funding a part time degree course for me next year so, as I haven't posted anything excting on here for a while, I thought I'd stick this up and spark some conversation.

    I'll (hopefully) be studying for a BEng HONS in Civil engineering and the teaching will cover, over a four year period, what is essentially the final 2 years of the full time degree course. The University requires a good HNC or an HND to get on the course as they don't do level one part time (I have a good HNC in the same subject).

    So, with the HNC under my belt, lots of supportive people at work, and previous universtiy experience doing (and passing) an un-related degree I'm not too worried about the content. The one thing I am worried about is getting there: the course is run at Kingston Uni (London) and I live outside Portsmouth so with a full day of lectures and travel I'm looking at a long ass day. I'm positive that it'll pay off in the long run though as I'm desperate to make the transition from technician to engineer

    Anyone else done a degree on day release? Is it going to be as knackering as I think it's going to be?
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    got a mate doing an HNC in same thing mate, he works four days and then goes one day a week. he's about 18mths or so in IIRC, can't keep up with how long he's been doing it. his college/uni day is basically 8am-8pm including the travelling (about an hour each way) so its a long-ass day as you say. on the plus side he's on flexi-time at work so can get in early (around 7ish) and work right through til 2pm and by then he's technically finished for the day. he usually works later until 530-6ish though which means every so often he's accrued enough hours to take a few days off. seems to work well for him like that, maybe you could speak to your employer about flexi-hours??
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    Im looking into a similar thing at Westminster Uni, BSc in Civil Engineering which is 5 years but luckily im about an hour train ride from London.

    My mates doing one there at the moment and although the days will be long, especially with your travelling, the course as a whole will fly by and will break the week up a bit so overall it won't be too bad, but you may need to take some pro plus with you just in case

    And won't you be a bit overqualified for a drop crossing inspector or have you moved on from that?

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    the timetable for the part timers on my course (hons construction management) is an ten hour day, not something i would wish on someone, good luck mate

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    That's great news mate, good luck with it! At least it gives you something to aim for.
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    I'm hoping to do the same Steve. I'm in my second year of HND Civil Engineering at the moment. Luckily the travel side of things isn't a big problem for me, finding the job at the end of my course is all I'm concerned with. Although I'm told jobs around here are plentiful at the moment.

    My girlfriend does a part time Uni course as well as working full time and she is finding it pretty tough going, but it should all be worth it in the end.
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    I did this a few years ago, got day release to South Bank in London.

    The format was an evening (5:50-21:30 generally) and then the whole of the following day (9:00-21:00). You're right it's going to be tiring, but also factor in that they expected us to put in about 10-15 hours a week in home study to keep up. I had a HND in electrical and electronic engineering and the degree course was the same subject, so they exempted me from all of level one and some of level two.

    I put in much less than the expected amount of home study and sadly missed out on a first by less than 2% overall, so was awarded a 2:1

    Do it - it's hard but you'll meet lots of good people in the same boat and we all helped each other when it really counted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalWithCheez View Post
    And won't you be a bit overqualified for a drop crossing inspector or have you moved on from that?
    I was over-qualified before! Not only did I have more than 3 GCSEs, I also had 'A' levels and a degree! haha.

    Anyway, in answer to your question, I'm no longer working for Highways and am now employed by Gifford as a structural engineering technician (shout out to Jace for being one of my refs).

    I've been there just over a year now and things are going really well. I'm now on 5k more than I was at my old job (rising again soon) and I've recently been given a junior to train up. I'm also running jobs and stuff which is pretty cool. Couldn't recommend them enough as an employer; and although the pay isn't quite as good as other places they are very keen to develop staff who show an interest.
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    I'm studying for a part-time degree in Architecture at the moment. I'm at Greenwich Uni, London. 1hr travel each way on average, traffic becomes more of a problem around this time of year. Fine example being last week, took me 3 hours to get home, as every route in East London was solid.

    As for the course, it can be a real long day, my day this semester started off being 10am til 8pm-ish, but it has now dropped to 10am til 5pm. It does feel like a long day, and it is tiring. My day is pretty non-stop of lectures and design tutorials. On top of that goes the workload, you can kiss goodbye to a good chunk of your socialising life.

    But having said all that, it IS worth it, the way I look at it as come 15 years time, if I don't do it now, then I would regret it and always wish I had done whilst I was still at this stage in my career. The years will go really quick though.

    Good luck mate...and having work fund the course is definately the most sensible option!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjflat View Post
    I was over-qualified before! Not only did I have more than 3 GCSEs, I also had 'A' levels and a degree! haha.

    Anyway, in answer to your question, I'm no longer working for Highways and am now employed by Gifford as a structural engineering technician (shout out to Jace for being one of my refs).

    I've been there just over a year now and things are going really well. I'm now on 5k more than I was at my old job (rising again soon) and I've recently been given a junior to train up. I'm also running jobs and stuff which is pretty cool. Couldn't recommend them enough as an employer; and although the pay isn't quite as good as other places they are very keen to develop staff who show an interest.
    Ah good on you, sounds good. Not too many places like that round here, although we're littered with all the big housebuilders, a few consultants and obviously the local highways dept.

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