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Matt Beard

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I am 29 and have served in the Royal Air Force for the last 11 years. I’m currently serving in Hampshire working on the weapon systems fitted to the Chinook helicopter. Though I have had an ambition to work in law for my entire life things didn’t pan out that way. A few years ago the timing seemed right to start looking at my future and so I decided to pursue my dream of working in law. The flexibility the OU offers suits my service life perfectly so in 2009 I signed up for W100 and haven’t looked back.

While it has been extremely challenging at times, having completed 3 tours of Afghanistan during my time studying, along with the usual wife, family and general life to compete with my attention, it has also been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I can hand on heart say I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment, whether that be late nights studying, stressing over eTMAs or cramming that last bit of revision for the exam. It has been an experience I will never forget, nor would I wish to.

I have 18 months left of study before I graduate and this achievement has only spurred me on further to achieve my goal of a distinction and go on to work in either criminal or employment law.

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