A former managing director who retrained as a nurse at
the University of Wolverhampton after retiring from the business
world has started a new job – at the age of 63.
Arthur Louis had worked in the manufacturing business all his
life before retiring to Cyprus. But after only six months, he
realised that he was not ready for a life of leisure and wanted to
give something back to society.
Arthur, from near Codsall, south Staffordshire, enrolled at the
University of Wolverhampton in January 2007 to study a Diploma in
Higher Education (DipHE) Nursing.
He passed his course in January this year and is set to graduate
from the School of Health and Wellbeing in September.
The father-of-two recently started his first nursing job –
working in a busy Accident and Emergency unit at a West Midlands
And Arthur, who started his studies at the age of 60, says he is
enjoying the new challenge.
“I absolutely love it,” he says. “The work is totally different
from what I used to do in business. I had only ever been in a
hospital as a visitor before doing this. It is a different
environment but it is very rewarding for me because it is exactly
what I wanted to do.
“I was concerned that I may not get a job when I qualified, but
I am delighted to have this new role. At the end of every shift I
like to think that I have done something to help somebody, and that
is a nice feeling.
“The University course was hard work but it was fantastic and I
would recommend it to anybody. I liked being with the younger
people, they were very supportive. In fact everybody I have met has
been very helpful, including the staff at the University and at the
hospital where I did my placements.”
Arthur adds: “I am an older man and I know that, but I got total
support. I think I was treated exactly the same as the other
students. I would encourage other mature people to consider a
course at higher education level in anything they are interested
in. I have nothing but praise for the University – they did take a
big chance on me but it has been a tremendous experience.”
Linda McGrath, Senior Lecturer Adult Pre-Registration Nursing,
said: “It has been my pleasure to support Arthur through his three
years of training. He has proved that you're never too old to start
a new career! And I would like to wish him all the best for the
future - he is an asset to the NHS.”
For more information about School of Health and Wellbeing
courses, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/shaw
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