30 November 2016
I have been a mum for over 23 years now, and have loved every minute of it. I have four children and I was there for them from the day they were born. But as they got older and more independent, I started to think about what I would do in the future in terms of employment. I knew that I wanted a job where no day would be the same, one that was exciting, challenging and rewarding. My thoughts turned to how I could use the many different skills that I had acquired as a mum to the best advantage in paid employment and I decided child nursing would be the best option. My motivation was to care for sick children and their families the way that I would have expected my children to be cared for.On initial discussion with an acquaintance they suggested that my age may go against me, but when I contacted ARU they made it clear that they did not discriminate against students on the basis of age or otherwise. I then went on to apply for September 2014. The application process was not too difficult, it was a case of applying through UCAS, submitting a personal statement and contacting referees to support my application. I was invited to an interview day shortly afterwards and although I was nervous, everyone was really friendly and put us at ease. I must confess that at first I felt a little bit awkward at being older than most of the other students. However, since being on the course I have realised that mature students have lots to offer in terms of life experience and life skills; I've come to realise that age really is not important.