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Hi there,

I'm just curious to see as to how many of you (UK based) have gone into further education and in what field? 

How have you managed to deal with the pressure, social side and sensory difficulties to cope with each and every day?

I'm currently 21 years old, unemployed due to social and sensory difficulties. Though, I have always had a strong interest in accounting and finance. Has anybody else had a strong interest in the same? If so, how have you used that interest to gain a job etc?

Thanks in advance :)

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RiRi

Not UK based, so I guess even if it applied to me, I couldn't answer that. Maybe until someone else, who has gone through higher education/is going through it, that's not UK based does.

Oh, and I guess with my post, maybe someone UK based will see it! And answer it? Good luck! 

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Harrow

I'm not UK based. But my sisters over there and she's busy getting her law degree, she studies from home, so might be an option for you?

If you'd like I can find out more for you?

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RiRi
Just now, Harrow said:

I'm not UK based. But my sisters over there and she's busy getting her law degree, she studies from home, so might be an option for you?

If you'd like I can find out more for you?

Yeah, I think the UK has Open University which is really cool. I tried doing that, to get my master's degree (I think the program was for two years which was pretty good). I had all the requirements, except one--being a European citizen or was it UK citizen? I can't remember, but after that, I gave up on that. :/

And I did figure that the reason why the OP asked UK people was because she probably wants to know more about experiences in her area, or what her options are over there, but I couldn't help feel excluded hence my response, but I am human and I will feel bad at certain points just like everyone else. Except, of course, my points differs from that of others. 

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Dont fit in on here

@Squirt only further Education ive been in is college but  the one year I attempted i had loads of social problems people seemed to turn against me never understood why, so it made me drop out

2 years later i went on the same course weirdly i was one of the popular ones so i coped with social stuff better when people actually liked me :lol: it was just a simple course tbh completed that and the next year the teacher wouldnt let me choose what i wanted to do next so my behaviour got worse and i got expelled

i havent been in education since then so i cant help much how to deal with lectures and stuff sorry 

Maybe you could look at some university websites thats based in UK? See if they got any good finance/accounting courses  And if you find one you like then maybe you could go to an open day and take your mum with you for some support :) i hear uni's do open days and if your willing to discuss about your diagnosis privately with the uni, im sure they would offer you support and give you options 

and has Harrow suggested studying from home would be an option too :) im sure on uni websites it may say if your able to study from home or not 

not sure if my post is helpful :) but id thought id try and suggest things 

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Harrow
55 minutes ago, Live&LetLive said:

Yeah, I think the UK has Open University which is really cool. I tried doing that, to get my master's degree (I think the program was for two years which was pretty good). I had all the requirements, except one--being a European citizen or was it UK citizen? I can't remember, but after that, I gave up on that. :/

And I did figure that the reason why the OP asked UK people was because she probably wants to know more about experiences in her area, or what her options are over there, but I couldn't help feel excluded hence my response, but I am human and I will feel bad at certain points just like everyone else. Except, of course, my points differs from that of others. 

I'm sorry Anna I don't understand what you mean. Not your fault, I'm just overly tired at the moment, so I'm a little sower then normal.

But I didn't mean anything against you. I thought your post was really helpful. It bought her question back to the forefront for those who missed it the first time like me:)

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RiRi
2 hours ago, Harrow said:

I'm sorry Anna I don't understand what you mean. Not your fault, I'm just overly tired at the moment, so I'm a little sower then normal.

But I didn't mean anything against you. I thought your post was really helpful. It bought her question back to the forefront for those who missed it the first time like me:)

It's okay. I was only infodumping. Sorry, I didn't think you meant anything against me. :) Thanks. Sorry to hear that you'retired, I hope you feel better. 

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Squirt

Thankyou everybody,

I have recently taken an online finance and accounting course of which I passed. So I think I'm going to look into it further. 

Open University sounds a lot more like me (easier to cope with). 

Thankyou all :)

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7 minutes ago, Squirt said:

Thankyou everybody,

I have recently taken an online finance and accounting course of which I passed. So I think I'm going to look into it further. 

Open University sounds a lot more like me (easier to cope with). 

Thankyou all :)

I was wanting to reply to this a lot earlier, but I have a lot going on at the moment and I didn't get round to it until now.

My dad did an OU course. He doesn't have ASD, but did have difficulties socialising because of his partial deafness. He liked the fact that one could work at home, but for his course there were compulsory conferences that one had to attend, and he found this very difficult.

On 3/7/2017 at 3:52 PM, Squirt said:

I'm just curious to see as to how many of you (UK based) have gone into further education and in what field?

I was at uni in the UK from 1989 - 2004. I prefer not to give specific details, but basically languages and international relations.

On 3/7/2017 at 3:52 PM, Squirt said:

How have you managed to deal with the pressure, social side and sensory difficulties to cope with each and every day?

My grades were based on written assignments to be handed in at the end of term, and on exams.

We had a lot of reading to do and I'm a very slow reader, so I couldn't manage to get through all of it, so I didn't try to. We were given a choice of assignment topics in the middle of the term, so I just chose one and focused on studying that in detail, and left the others. In the exams, were were also given a choice of topics, so again, I could focus on one or two in detail and leave the others. Deadlines caused a lot of stress and anxiety, but I managed them. Initially, and previously at school, I had great difficulty writing and organising written work, but I was able to get help for this. I had timing difficulties in exams, which were written by hand, and bad handwriting, but I learnt strategies to cope with this.

Luckily, we all worked as individuals. We were assessed only on written work and not on attendance, group projects, participation or oral work - apart from the very occasional seminar presentation, which wasn't assessed - and a final language oral exam (I didn't do well at these, but it didn't affect my overall grade too much).

I had some difficulties with the student accommodation I was housed in:

Noise - not being able to concentrate or sleep. I moved very quickly out of the first room I had, because I had a roommate and no privacy, and it was too noisy. I went to a quieter residence at on the edge of campus, in a room at the end of the corridor. This residence was generally preferred by the more serious students wanting a bit of peace and quiet, so I got on better there. I later had problems with noise in other residences too - one neighbour who had a boyfriend round a lot, and another who sat in the kitchen with a radio on and the door open directly opposite my room, grrr... I used to complain a lot, and that made me unpopular. Then, I used to play the same three Pink Floyd songs over and over again, disturbed others, and that made me unpopular, too. I often used to study in the library, rather than in my room.

Social - Having to share bathrooms and a kitchen was a major issue. I wanted to cook, make coffee, etc alone - I hated that there was always someone there when I wanted to do these things, the other person forcing me to engage with them when I just want to be alone. I hate forced or unexpected.social interaction. Eventually I bought a coffeemaker for my room so I wouldn't have to go into the kitchen, and I took a shower at times when there weren't many other students around. Sometimes, I wanted to talk to people and I would speak to them, and at other times I didn't, but the thing is that I want to approach others, not others approach me - it has to be my choice, my initiative, or I don't want it. So sometimes I would appear to be friendly, and other times I didn't want to engage and I didn't speak to them, and people probably thought this was weird or unfriendly. I never had any friends from the same residence as me, or on the same course even, most of them were nerdy types or 'oddballs' from the engineering, computer studies or mathematics department :D 

Once or twice, I went out for a drink with a group of students, but I don't do well with socialising in groups and tend to just sit there and not join it - I didn't really feel that I was one of them. For me, socialising is best with one friend or maybe two friends in a quiet place. I found it hard to make friends, often felt excluded, detached and isolated, became depressed at one point and almost dropped out - actually, my parents wanted me to drop out because I wasn't coping and had lost a lot of weight, but I can be very stubborn about seeing things through to the end and it was my decision to continue and finish the course, and seek professional help for my problems. I didn't know how to handle relationships and friendships, I was emotionally immature and that caused me some issues.

If you decide to go to uni, I would suggest you find accommodation to suit your needs - explain your diagnosis at the accommodation office, and perhaps arrange to have a room with an en-suite bathroom if you can afford it, or find out where the quietest accommodation is, or ask for a room at the end of the corridor.

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Dr-David-Banner

I went to uni too. I didn't do too badly but I consider my present system of self study yields far better results than the systematized traditional class and lectures system.
Both my former departments closed down and no longer exist. I did Russian language because it was easier to be enrolled for minority languages. When grants were phased out, minority departments were closing due to falling student levels. So, it closed and the blinkered politicians thought it was clever to prioritise career degrees. Now, the last I heard, the MOD hasn't a single Russian interpreter.
Yesterday I glanced at the courses my old uni offers and it's pretty much all career stuff like I.T., Media Studies, Psychology. It's funny because much later on I started to self study radio electronics but then found there was a way to merge it with Russian. So, I brought my Russian back from years of neglect and started to delve into Russian electronics. There I found a big gap not covered by any uni system. Basically lots of very useful electronics schematics I can translate for a minority of tech engineers. Not that I'd make any money as such but it's a sense of direction.
The uni Russian Dep in the 90's was old fashioned because Windows had barely started to function as Word. There was no online facility but they did have satellite TV and VCR. Today I can look up words on Linguee but back then they were just volume dictionaries. Anyway, I read the demand to study Russian peaked during Perestroiika and Gorbachev but sunk under Yeltsin. Now there is a bit more interest again.

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