Diane Scott takes to the stage today to graduate with a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Robert Gordon University (RGU) – a career she has wanted to embark on since she was just 14.
The 37-year-old, who lives in Daviot, near Inverurie, has always wanted to work in a library after doing work experience in her local library when she was 14 years old, so when the time came for her to return to work outside the home (she had been a childminder while her children were young) she started to look for courses to study.
She said: "I was at a stage where my daughters were getting older and I thought 'I have thirty years of work ahead of me here and I want to do something with it'.
"I found the RGU Library and Information Studies Masters course online and called the course leader to have a chat about it. I was worried about returning to university after such a long gap and how studying would fit in around my family, work and other commitments but Lizzy Tait, the then course leader, was very encouraging so I decided to go for it."
Diane is absolutely delighted to be graduating today (Monday 8th December) at The Music Hall and said it was an "extremely intense year" but is really proud of her achievement.
She said: "I absolutely loved being back at university, being in a learning environment and using my brain again.
"I found the course challenging and stimulating but it was very difficult at times fitting everything in. I was the only one on the full time course who was a working mum so it was an extremely intense year for me.
"I'm really proud of that fact that I did it and that I did well, without having a complete breakdown!
"I gained As and Bs in all my assignments, met every deadline and at PG Diploma stage I had a distinction. I was able to teach my daughters that hard work at school gets good results and they also learnt how to empty the dishwasher and put the washing out!"
Diane is now planning a career in library or information studies and says that although she's in the "challenging position" of being qualified but not very experienced, she's determined.
"I'm hoping to show my girls that Mum's can have important jobs too," she concluded.
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