Turning 40 was a big thing for me … and sort of realising that if I really was going to do anything different, … I needed to do it now.
(Female student, 40-50)
I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time. I enjoyed accounting at high school but once I got married and had kids it was a bit impossible to do it. Once the kids finished school I just thought it was time to take the time and have a go at it ... change of career and get some qualifications.
(Male student, 40-50, father of two children)
I was straight out of school; I just was not mature enough to actually go to classes and study and all that sort of stuff, then when I turned 23 I was like “Yes, it’s really what I want to do it”. Yes, I think this time around I’m going into uni with the right mind frame and I’m a bit more mature now and I can miss out on going to a party if I have to study.
(Female student, 20-30)
I’ve done a few different things throughout my career … and I just thought, you know, “I just need something else to maybe start stimulating my mind again", and that sort of thing.
(Female student, 50+)
My mother didn’t go to university, my grandmother didn’t go to university; higher education wasn’t expected – I think it was something I might have wanted to do at some point but last year when I kind of reached a cross-roads, I thought “I need to do more. I could be working for another 30-40 years … age of retirement keeps moving back and I can’t just plod along” … Last year, around September, my husband said “You’ve always wanted to go to university. Now’s the time. Just do it!”
(Female student, 40-50, mother of two children)
My mum … she’s pushed me for years and years … ‘you’ve got the ability, just do it. Just do it’
(Female student, 30-40, mother of one child)