A POSTMAN added letters to his name after studying for a degree with the Open University.
Stephen Sinclair, 47, has graduated with a BA (Hons) in History.
Stephen, who is married with four children, decided to study with the OU as he wasn’t able to study full-time and work at the same time.
He said: “I wanted a degree in a strong academic subject and I have thought about going into teaching.
“Because it is six years it gives you a lot of time to think what you want to do.
“But my biggest worry is that there are now so many people doing degrees that it dilutes them and makes them worth less.
And Stephen says that there is a fear of ageism among mature graduates.
He said: “Most graduate jobs are geared towards young graduates and pay less than my current wage – so to progress I have to be willing to take a pay cut.
“But I’m glad I did it. I can be proud of my achievements and tell my children that I have a degree, instead of saying I left school with only one O-level.
“The quality of Open University teaching is fantastic and it allows people without qualifications to do a degree – I would recommend it to anyone.”
Indeed, Stephen did recommend it – his wife Anna is currently studying a creative writing course with the OU which she could use as the basis for a degree if she wished.
Anna said: “Stephen has been suggesting I do this for a while and to be honest I was never interested.
“But then I saw the creative writing course and thought, ‘why not?’