I joined the Army at sixteen years old having only taken the three GCSEs that I needed for my chosen trade.

I am currently a Sergeant within the Royal Signals. Having worked as a Troop Sergeant (manager) for the last four years, I am about to start training to become a supervisor within my trade, which will involve promotion to Staff Sergeant in completion.

With such a busy and varied job, it is impossible to commit to anything on a weekly basis and so the only option for studying was distance learning. Being a tech-savvy individual, the idea of studying online was perfect.

I had great support from the university throughout. My student advisor, Matt Tamplin, was always willing to help. He helped me to arrange some additional flexibility in my coursework prior to deploying to Afghanistan in 2013 for seven months as I was concerned that I would miss deadlines or lose marks for not contributing regularly enough.

The ELCAS learning credits are there to be used – don’t waste them! Studying part-time takes a lot of time and dedication, so make sure you really can commit to it.

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Emily Wells

Although you are online, when you come to Essex for graduation it really puts it into perspective what you've actually done.

Kairat Kabashev

It is a new step for me to obtain the next level in my career. I intend to gain specialist knowledge of project management and use it effectively in an international company.

Adam Newman

The University of Essex Online has offered and delivered on flexible learning. The course structures are easy to follow, and I can fit my study around both work and family life.