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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Magic J » 29 September 2020, 15:36

Severelius wrote:I've got it narrowed to a few...


Oh wow, they offer PPE? That's pretty general, maybe too general for me. Although, I hear that you more or less specialise in one subject by the end. History's always good, takes teaches you to think analytically and write with narrative flair, which is a not too common skill. Classics could be cool, too. Trying to negotiate the very familiar and totally foreign elements to ancient societies must be interesting!

I was chatting to a collegue who did a history degree though the OU. She says it was pretty modular, and that you have quite a bit of room for movement, particularly in the first few terms. So, could just be a "start and see where it takes you" kind of deal!
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 29 September 2020, 15:54

Magic J wrote:I was chatting to a collegue who did a history degree though the OU. She says it was pretty modular, and that you have quite a bit of room for movement, particularly in the first few terms. So, could just be a "start and see where it takes you" kind of deal!

It should be noted that there have been many changes at the OU over the course of the past decade. AFAIK all the old degrees have been replaced by new versions, and in the current incarnation of the BA (Honours) History degree (Q01), for example, the modules for Stage 1 and Stage 2 are fixed, while in Stage 3 you get to choose sort of 2 modules out of 7 options.

So that sounds like kind of the reverse of your colleague's experience at the time.

An interesting thing is also that you can (gotta ask for it) get a lower-level qualification after completing each stage: a certificate after Stage 1, a diploma after Stage 2. So if you want, you can already have something to show for your effort and put on your CV after completing 1/3 and 2/3 of your honours degree, and if you do change your mind and decide this isn't for you at or after any of those points, you'll still have that/those qualification(s) so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

If you don't take the 2/3-done diploma, you can also decide to stop halfway through Stage 3 and finish with a non-honours degree, though this is not preferable as UK employers will (I imagine) most often see candidates with honours degrees (not so much in other countries) and you need an honours degree to proceed to a master's degree / PhD.

As an OU graduate myself, I also want to note that it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more relaxed, and you'll do way better, if you stick to 1 module at a time. Just take 6 years to do the thing rather than 3. Trust me. You'll avoid unnecessary stress and end up earning a higher class of honours with better career and further-study opportunities.

Oh, and another fun thing about the OU: you can take an open degree rather than a named degree, or switch to an open degree at any time, for example if you completely change your mind and want to switch subjects while keeping the credits from all the modules you've completed up to that point as well as any (named) certificate/diploma already awarded. (Although if you do the switching thing, you'll be at kind of a disadvantage because your lower-level study will have been in the original subject. But you can also take any necessary additional lower-level modules later on if you've got the time, inclination and cash / financial support.)

It's all pretty flexible I guess.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Magic J » 29 September 2020, 16:03

René wrote:It should be noted that there have been many changes at the OU over the course of the past decade. AFAIK all the old degrees have been replaced by new versions...

Oh, I see! Would have been about seven years ago that she graduated, so you're probably right.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 29 September 2020, 16:12

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René wrote:It should be noted that there have been many changes at the OU over the course of the past decade. AFAIK all the old degrees have been replaced by new versions...

Oh, I see! Would have been about seven years ago that she graduated, so you're probably right.

Yeah, I qualified for my BSc in 2015 and by the end I believe they were right in the middle of implementing all the changes, but they let students like me who started earlier complete our degrees under the old terms. (Which was great because one of the changes was a steep rise in tuition costs and reduction/withdrawal of previously available financial support in England following Tory education cuts.)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » 29 September 2020, 18:01

Magic J wrote:
Severelius wrote:I've got it narrowed to a few...


Oh wow, they offer PPE? That's pretty general, maybe too general for me. Although, I hear that you more or less specialise in one subject by the end. History's always good, takes teaches you to think analytically and write with narrative flair, which is a not too common skill. Classics could be cool, too. Trying to negotiate the very familiar and totally foreign elements to ancient societies must be interesting!

I was chatting to a collegue who did a history degree though the OU. She says it was pretty modular, and that you have quite a bit of room for movement, particularly in the first few terms. So, could just be a "start and see where it takes you" kind of deal!

My hesitation with History or Classics is that I've got like no knowledge base in terms of proper education for it. It's an interest I have but I have no way of knowing if that interest will be able to survive formal education on the subject or if, like what happened when I went to uni for Film Production when I was 18, it'll turn out to have only been a temporary fleeting interest and that having to properly study it will make me absolutely hate it with a passion.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 3 October 2020, 15:40

I’ve now lost 60 lbs, only 10 more to go for goal 3 of 3. :thumbsup:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 3 October 2020, 20:23

rogonandi wrote:I’ve now lost 60 lbs, only 10 more to go for goal 3 of 3. :thumbsup:

:applause: :bowdown: :applause:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Derek » 4 October 2020, 23:15

I went to Nexus Mods and was met with a message that I am now a "recognized mod author" for receiving more than 1000 unique downloads. I had totally forgotten about a couple small mods I published in 2017.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Jzone » 5 October 2020, 02:17

I may be a Boomer, but I know good social media when I see it :rofl:

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 7 October 2020, 18:39

Whilst at Sainsbury’s, I spotted the most hilariously stupid brand tie-up I’ve ever seen. I actually spotted it in another supermarket weeks ago, but haven’t seen it since and everyone I told thought I’d made it up.

If you’re a fan of Lynx/AXE Africa and Marmite and you’ve always wished someone would combine the great joys of your life, prayers answered.

I’ve bought it for the humour value. It’s quite pungently marmitey in the background. I can’t conceive of someone wanting to smell like this. :lol:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 7 October 2020, 18:40

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Magic J » 7 October 2020, 19:01

Marmaduke wrote:If you’re a fan of Lynx/AXE Africa and Marmite and you’ve always wished someone would combine the great joys of your life, prayers answered.

One of my colleagues told me about this, and I assumed he was having me on. Apparently not, then... :lol:

I certainly wouldn't wear this. Pure Marmite scented spray, maybe, but there's no way in hell I'm using Lynx Africa.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 October 2020, 19:11

Why would one wish to ruin the smell of Lynx Africa with fucking marmite of all disgusting things.

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 7 October 2020, 19:15

Severelius wrote:Why would one wish to ruin the smell of Lynx Africa with fucking marmite of all disgusting things.

Animals.

You know what? I bet you buy Africa, don’t you? You absolute chav.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Magic J » 7 October 2020, 19:29

They're getting us slowly used to the EU trade deals falling through and having to survive on nothing but yeast paste. If we're lucky, we might get imported Vegemite... from the fucking colonies. :shake:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 October 2020, 19:31

Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Why would one wish to ruin the smell of Lynx Africa with fucking marmite of all disgusting things.

Animals.

You know what? I bet you buy Africa, don’t you? You absolute chav.

Yes. Yes I do. Because I like it and I refuse to be judged for smelling like a teenage virgin.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 14 October 2020, 07:01

Today was a nice day off. The husband cooks a nice burger. :thumbsup:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » 14 October 2020, 16:46

Haagen-Dazs strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

Sometimes I'm very easy to please. :D
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 15 October 2020, 19:27

Lovely customer-service girl at Yorkshire Bank*. :3

*Actually a wholly owned subsidiary of National Australia Bank until a few years ago. And this girl was probably Scottish since they merged with Clydesdale Bank. And now it's all one company with Virgin Money and the Yorkshire Bank branding is expected to be dropped this year. Or at least, it was expected to before the pandemic hit. :runaway:
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