For 18 years I was an academic at the Open University, UK, until I had to retire early on health grounds (arthritis) in 2017. My degree was from Reading University, UK, a B.Sc. in Cybernetics and Control Engineering with Mathematics.
Non-Traditional Paths Through the Education System
Here in the UK, it is the main season when school exam results come out. These are seen as high-stakes exams by both the educational system and the individuals taking them. They are thought of as “deciding your future:" what further study you can go onto, which universities you can study at, even what careers you can follow. However, I want to argue this is not the case. There are many futures out there that anyone can build and there are various non-traditional paths through the education system, or via on the job training, that can enable any individual to build a fulfilling life and a future largely of their own choosing.