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Scott isn’t just getting a degree for Christmas as his wife is weeks away from having their first child


Scott Stephen is leaving university on a high – not just because he graduated from Robert Gordon University’s Aberdeen Business School with a Business Management degree but also because he is expecting his first child in a matter of weeks.

Scott, who is originally from Boddam, near Peterhead, but lives in Ellon, graduated on Thursday December 12 at 2.30pm and has been studying via distance learning while balancing his full-time career as General Manager of an NDT supplies company.

The 33-year-old decided to take on a Business Management degree for two main reasons; to have more responsibility at work and looking to the future.

Scott said he is “delighted and relieved” to gain his degree and to be able to use his new skills in the workplace but admitted he is enjoying the freedom of watching the football midweek without trying to cram in a couple of hours study beforehand.

Scott left school at 16 and joined the Merchant Navy as a Deck Cadet, going through an apprenticeship to become a Navigational Officer of the watch on Cable Laying vessels which took him around the world until he was 21 years old. 

Following a period of career indecision coupled with meeting his wife Heather, Scott left the Merchant Navy and began working at RSL NDT Limited as a driver. 

At that time RSL NDT Limited was a family owned business and the owner was keen for Scott to get involved in all aspects of the business and that is exactly what he did. He is now responsible for the day to day running of the company’s three locations in the UK; Aberdeen, Hamilton and Sheffield. Scott’s future plans are to enjoy Christmas and look forward to his new arrival in January.

“That will be a challenge in itself as I have no idea how to look after someone so small,” he added.

Scott continued: “With work I want to use my degree to help me achieve as much as I can. I think everyone wants to provide their family with the best they can and I am no different. 

“I may be back at RGU to top my degree up to honours or even do a different course. I’m only 33 so I have plenty to learn and a lot more to experience yet.”

Issued by: 

Stacey Horne
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School