I would urge anyone considering applying for a scholarship to go for it.
Kate is studying Law through The Open University’s Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund (DVSF). After being medically discharged from the Army in 2016, she had no idea what she was supposed to do next. As someone who always wants to help others, Kate hopes to pursue a career in the legal sector where she can continue to support the serving and veteran military community.
“I had built up my identity around the idea of being someone who helps others, not the person who needs help themselves. So when I was medically discharged from the Army in 2016, I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. For the sake of my own mental health, my previous careers as a police officer and a registered nurse were no longer an option for me and I was left questioning my very sense of self.
“I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. When I stepped into the job market there were a couple of false starts and I clutched at more than a few straws – HR? Teaching? Candlestick making? However, in late 2017, I finally found a role within a local junior school as a teaching assistant, working with special education needs pupils, the hours of which allow me to work around my family and study commitments. Although I have settled into the working environment and find it rewarding, my ultimate goal is to work towards a role in the legal sector, where I can provide help to both the serving and veteran military community.
“I came across the advertisement for the OU Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund on the Help for Heroes website and was overjoyed to be selected for a scholarship. I started a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in October 2019 and the experience has so far been overwhelmingly positive, with comprehensive student support throughout. The careers service has also been extremely helpful, providing guidance on both courses and career paths.
“The recovery process is neither straightforward nor easy and I am very aware that there are veterans out there who have suffered life-altering and far more complex physical and mental injury than my own. Everyone’s journey is different but one thing that seems clear to me, speaking both as a former health professional and a recovering veteran, is that focus on a positive goal can be very beneficial.
“I would urge anyone considering applying for a scholarship to go for it. The OU will not be the answer to everything but it just might be a part of the answer.”