After spending more than three decades in the oil and gas industry, Brian Gorn (58) from Keith decided it was time to learn something new and different.
On Tuesday December 5, after a career spent primarily in engineering roles, Brian will graduate from Robert Gordon University (RGU) with a LLM/MSc in Oil and Gas Law.
“Having spent 30 years working in oil and gas, I realised that in order to remain viable I would need to augment my current qualifications and knowledge. Having checked out various options, this course seemed to best offer this potential,” he said.
“I also felt that although most of my career had been in engineering, I lacked the relevant knowledge in legal practice to best maintain my progress to retirement!”
Brian gained his degree working through the distance learning route.
“I’m really pleased that I was able to complete the course despite my work commitments and I’m really proud of my achievement. Throughout my studies I’ve relied on the tolerance and assistance of my wife – she is now grateful to get her husband back, but isn’t so keen to give up the remote control for the TV,” he said.
Gaining a degree as a mature student was something of a déjà vu experience for Brian. When he left school he did an apprenticeship in radio and TV engineering , before changing focus to enrol at the former RGIT, graduating at age 32 with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Engineering Technology. The institute became in RGU in his honours year.
“I decided to do that course as a result of recognising exactly the same events which led me to study my second degree. In 1982 I moved into the offshore world just as the last major industry slump began and so saw obtaining a degree as a necessary objective in securing what seemed then to be a rather dodgy future. It worked the last time so I’m hoping it will work again.
“I’ve always found, throughout my life, that if I really want to so do something, then the current buzz words apply – a “problem” becomes a “challenge” – an action is an objective in itself. I speak from experience here as I recall setting out to try things where, lacking the necessary ambition, I saw only “problems” and soon gave up.”
Brian’s next goal in life is now to move his career into the renewables sector.
“I did my dissertation on Brexit and the Renewable Energy Industry and I hope that will provide me with a specific and currently viable knowledge base pertinent to the remainder of my working life,” he said.
by Kate Yuill
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