Angela Mison, 68, is coming to the end of an MSc in Computer Forensics at the University of South Wales, having decided that she wanted to challenge herself once she had retired.
“I was bored and I was looking for something to do. I lived fairly close to the University, so I decided to have a look at what courses were available.”
Having completed her first degree in Computing Science and Accounting as a single mum of two in the 1980s, Angela was nervous about stepping back into education.
“Before I took the decision to come to University, it had been 15 years since I had been in work and I was apprehensive about starting the course. I had originally wanted to do languages, but that option wasn’t available, so I had a look at what else the University offered.
It seemed to fit in best with my experience of solving problems and using analysis."
During Angela’s career, she worked with formal specification techniques, taking problems and visualising them in logic.
She said: “I feel since being on this course, it is the first time I have ever used my brain fully. I never had to do anything practical in my career – I always looked at the problems and came up with the solution that someone else would implement. But here I have had to pick up the metaphorical screwdriver myself. It has been enormously challenging, but I have learnt so much.
I would encourage anyone who is thinking about coming to University later in life to give it a go. I have had a great experience and I cannot recommend it enough."
On completing her Masters this Autumn, Angela will be staying on at the University of South Wales to start a PhD.
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