QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 10

Former fisherman turns to nursing for career on high seas A N EX-FISHERMAN IS embarking on an exciting new career on the high seas after studying nursing at QMU. Norman Todd’s fascinating story demonstrates that no matter what your early start in life is, it’s never too late to return to education, change your career direction and fulfil your potential. Norman, now 44 years old, was brought up in Ullapool and left school at 16 with few qualifications and no academic aspirations. He began his working life as a deep sea fisherman off the north coast of Scotland, but decided to change his career path and move into nursing in 1999. The fishing industry was in decline and it was getting harder to make a decent living. He was spending 10 days at sea and getting only four days at home, which was difficult as a single parent. When he was 26, Norman signed up to an access to higher education course at Telford College (now Edinburgh College) in Edinburgh. He had decided that an access course was the best option for him as a mature adult learner. Norman felt it was a tough challenge, having been out of academia for a decade, but he really enjoyed studying and developing new life skills, which he still uses to this day. The experience provided him with an excellent grounding to go on to study at university and, as a result, was accepted to study Nursing at QMU. 10 QMYOU / Health & Rehabilitation