MrsT did an HND at college whilst kids were young followed by an OU degree whilst working in a shop when kids went to school. Got a job as a civil servant then a couple of promotions.
Son did an apprenticeship from school as an electrical draughtsman for an industrial boiler manufacturer. When work looked like drying up and with the possibilities of redundancies starting to creep in he started to look around for another job. He had also moved in with his girlfriend,now wife and had a house. He got a job with a civil eng company who were impressed with his autocad skills which is what they were looking for. The company then payed for him to go to uni and get a degree in civil eng(structural). This took 5yrs of day release travelling from Carlisle to Bolton. He has 2 children. Daughter in law was also doing a degree in mental health nursing and topped that up recently with one to allow her to dispense medicine.
The company has gone through a rocky patch due to 1 partner retiring and the other having a heart attack!! So he started looking around for another job but there is not much work in the construction industry locally, he just missed a few opportunities. However his old job became available so he has returned to his first employer on favourable terms.
Daughters partner is working for Rural Affairs(NB farmers thread)He went part time and completed a law degree. Finished just as the "crash" was in full swing and jobs in the area dried up. Fortunately Rural Affairs recognised his skills when a job became available even though they were terminating those on part time and short term contracts.
Daughter is a primary school teacher having gained an MA arts and design followed by a PGCE and has signed up for a degree in teaching. She had a year out in the middle of all this due to ill health, excema, got pregnant during that period.....
Me? I`m the dunce of the family with a mere C&G motor mech