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    Hi all,

    Please forgive me if there is any grammar or word choice mistake in my post as English is not my first language. This post will be a bit long, so I hope youdo not mind reading it.

    Here is my background: Oriental guy, 27 year old, moved to the UK to live from 2014. However, I have been suffering depression since 2013, and due to that, though I did take two higher educations courses of two different universities(one in 2014, one in 2015), but I could not finish any of them. What a waste oftime and money. The reason I decided to take the courses at that time while Iwas dealing with depression was that I used to underrate depression, and I amquite sure that almost people in the country where I am from have a samethought as mine. I even went to see the doctor, who supposed to be the best one in my hometown (before the time I moved to the UK), but he made me feel even worse, for example he blamed the cause of depression on my “weak” personality, or he did not care about my confidentiality when he asked me to share my thoughts with my mom getting involved to listen as well, though both I and she did not want to do so. Also, for couple first years in the UK, due todepression and some reasons about my family’s issue, both my mental health and physical one were really bad, and I quit the course in one University in theNorth without asking any refund, to move to the other one in the South withwarmer weather, and then I failed for the final dissertation. Fortunately, Imet many good friends in the latter University, and they helped me a lot,including helping me to go to see a doctor and therapist, and taking medicine.After couple months of taking medicine and going to see therapist, I’ve startedto feel better, I think the best condition I have ever had since 2013. And itis time for me to keep moving on. Since English is not my first language,culture is not mine, either, and both of my first degree (business) and the oneI studied in the UK (Marketing) are related to culture, so I am struggling toget a job here. One more reason is, I have never liked studying business, but Ihad to do that because my parents forced me to do that (it’s just my culture L), so I could not feel being myself at all.

    However, after many years of arguing between me and my parents,recently they seem to sympathize with me and allow me to do what I want. So, I decided to follow what I love, however, learning from my mistakes from thepast, I know I should well prepare this time before making any final decision,then I have got couple issues:

    1. The finance issue is my big problem, since I think that I cannot afford 3-year-Univesity courses plus A-level or foundation. Is there any option for me to help me with my finance, or any alternative rather than studying in University?
    2. Ideally, I will finish my degree/course at age33(ish), also, I am not British, and it seems to be very challenging for me to get a job. Therefore, I am wondering if studying is a wise choice?

    Thank you for reading and your advice in advance.
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