"Choosing a degree for me was a way of giving myself options. Although I had a vague idea of the type of industry I wanted to go into, but at 16 or 17 I couldn't commit to an apprenticeship and be locked into a vocational course," said Nicholson-Taylor.
"My degree gave me the chance to learn about different areas of the technology field while I gained qualifications. Initially, I was daunted by the prospect of student loans but in-the-long-run my repayments are relatively small and the money is taken out before my pay reaches my bank account. I am now qualified and have a job at the Mace Group as a design manager."
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