If you read this blog then you know that I restarted my OU courses in October. TM357 – Cisco Networking CCNA Part 2 and TM355 – Communications Technologies as well as start a new job as a Support Analyst.
Getting Frustrated and Irritable
I was getting frustrated with TM355 as it is (the first block that is) extremely mathematically complex. It was about radio waves, signals, etc which to be honest I have no interest in and so trying to study it was becoming a massive chore. I was spending far too much time trying to get my head around it, and I was also having to do TM357 which took a bit of a back seat, and of course, I had recently started a new job.
What did I decide?
I, therefore, made the decision to defer them this year and essentially have another break from studying to concentrate my efforts on my new job and get settled into my role as a Support Analyst.
I’m not giving up!
I have not given up on my studies but I do need to think about whether I would like to transfer over to the open degree instead of carrying on with the degree in Computing and IT – Communications and Networking. The reason that I am thinking of choosing the open degree is that I can choose the modules I want without having to do mandatory modules that I am not particularly interested in, as is the case with the degree I am currently doing.
I spoke with a member of the student support team, who was very helpful and she advised that perhaps next year I may feel differently and it would make sense if I just went back to doing one module per year, as the workload for stage three modules is very demanding. She also said for me to read the full description of all the mandatory modules for stage three and then look at the modules available for the open degree.
I will do that and make notes about what I would enjoy or be interested in doing or not doing and go from there.
I do enjoy HTML and CSS, PHP, and on occasion a bit of Java Script as well as SQL, however, I have always thought that I don’t have the logical brain to be a developer of any kind I enjoy learning it as a hobby but I don’t think I would be able to do it professionally.
I may still carry on with the degree I started as going back to what the student support member said if I am only doing one module I can keep all of my attention on that instead of worrying about catching up on a second module.
I will of course keep this blog updated on what I ultimately decide to do.