30 August 2016
Not quite the same position as you, but there are some similarities. I'm also thinking of returning to education after a long time in the world of work. I've got an interview for a PhD lined up in a couple of weeks. In parallel with that I've been doing phone interviews for new jobs and it looks like I'm going to be offered a good job, which would be a step up from the job I already do, which is not a bad job either, so a big decision to make.
I would not recommend studying a degree at the same time as working. I did that with my Masters and had a totally shit social life for nearly 5 years. It started off great but the last couple of years in particular were hellish.
The problem with degrees in the UK in general is that the teaching quality and the course content is fucking atrocious and the fees are criminal, but I guess that's not so much of a concern for you in Scotland. Then come the end of the degree you find you've become a slave to it. You're now specialised and although that specialism sets you apart, the specialism is only required in a few places. With one of them usually being London.
So you have to make sacrifices. Leave your family, friends and community and sell your soul to a corporation. Only to find that once tax and other costs are taken off your earnings the real benefit you've gained from all your hard work is negligible, by which point you've sacrificed too much. How can you throw away all those years of hard work and start something new again?