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Houda Khayame

“Studying with the OU transformed my career.”

Houda Khayame shares how gaining an MSc in Development Management with The Open University (OU) was key to progressing in her chosen field and ultimately led to her following a new and unexpected path.

24th April 2024
Adefunke Yaya

“I wanted to gain industry experience and a qualification – with the OU I could do both at the same time”

Adefunke Yaya turned to The Open University to enhance her knowledge of her chosen field while continuing to gain valuable industry experience.

6th February 2024
Sam Burge

Confidence, career goal and a triple salary hike – Sam’s happy with her study gains

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics graduate Sam remembers how she took her own leap of faith to embark on her goal, citing the confidence and skills she gained from her OU study as the impetus she needed to succeed.

28th September 2023
Carolyn Freeman

Psychology graduate Carolyn proves it’s never too late for a career change

From marketer to successful cyberpsychologist, Carolyn Freeman proves it’s never too late for a career change thanks to the OU.

20th September 2023

"I went from being totally lost and feeling trapped to gaining purpose" says Kyle

Kyle Andrews realised he no longer wanted to pursue his longstanding dream and sought a new purpose. After graduating with a Combined Social Sciences degree from The Open University (OU), Kyle knew he could achieve anything he wanted and is now in a career he loves. 

31st August 2023
Kathryn Howe

“I knew the OU was the right place for me to study” says Kathryn

Inspiration can come at the most unlikely times. As the world faced the pandemic in 2020, Psychology student Kathryn discovered her passion.

26th May 2023
Victoria Sanderson

‘I can continue working and learn about a subject I love’ says Victoria

For 22-year-old Victoria, studying Environmental Studies part-time with The Open University has helped her to make sustainable adjustments, champion a cause she is passionate about, and gain confidence.

16th March 2023

‘Studying with the OU has made me a more confident writer’ says Emma

Aspiring novelist and swim teacher Emma James has developed her confidence as a writer, despite struggling with dyslexia, and is now a step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a published author.

25th January 2023
Helen Ball

‘The OU is the best thing I ever did’ says Helen

In 2016, Helen's life changed overnight after the sudden loss of her husband of 31 years. Three months later, feeling lost and looking for a bolthole, she started a Classical Studies degree.

12th January 2023
Izzy James

‘Making friends? It was easy’ says Izzy

When Izzy James opted against a bricks-and-mortar education for flexible study with The Open University, she worried she would struggle to make friends. Since then, Izzy has built lasting friendships, some even closer to home than she expected.

12th January 2023

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