Student Says farewell to £100,000
57 year old solicitor, Bob Langsford Beale, aged 57, solicitor has waved goodbye to a £100,000 a year legal career in order to follow his dream of becoming a journalist by enrolling on the fast-track Journalism Post Graduate (NCTJ) course at the Camborne campus. But Bob believes the £88,000 pay cut
The former partner in a Bristol law firm said he is relishing being a student again and added: "The course at Cornwall College has a fantastic reputation. I have experienced no ageism and I love being around young people again." Bob originally graduated in law back in 1967 when the Beatles topped the charts, but says he is slowly becoming re-accustomed to student life.
A personal injury specialist for 14 years, Bob claims his heart was elsewhere. He wants to write about his first loves of drama, sport and politics. He has even discovered he can get a student discount to watch the Penzance Pirates.
Bob's son Steven, also a journalist, writes for men's lifestyle magazine Arena. "Steven wouldn't let me do my work placement there," Bob said, "but the Sunday Observer welcomed me with open arms. They were brilliant. Age does not matter. My advice would always be : go for it."