3rd May 2001
The future looked bleak for Dutchman Alex Krook when his marriage failed and he lost his job in the hospitality industry.
But his decision to support himself through university and study for a degree in Business and Marketing at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has brought him new horizons and the prospect of a rewarding career as a business consultant.
Alex (34), of Legard Drive, Anlaby, first got to know Hull while working on board ship for North Sea Ferries. “When I left the company there were aspects of life in Holland that didn’t suit me, and I’d made some friends over here in Hull, so in 1992 I came across and decided to see how life here would suit me,” he explains.
Alex married and started a family but when he and his wife separated he found himself out of work and helping to look after his daughter. “I was on the dole for a while, so coming to the university was a good option,” he says. “Business and marketing is an area where I can use my people skills.”
Four years on Alex is about to graduate from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside with a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing – and he’ll have an extra feather in his cap, since he also took a voluntary year out and worked at an accountancy practice in Hull.
“In the long term I aim to work as a business consultant,” he says. “What interests me is new challenges and having to improve things or resolve problems.
“A course like Business and Marketing is achievable for anybody. It can be hard, and if you’ve got commitments it can be difficult, but people shouldn’t be scared of it.
“Financially it’s been tight for me, but I’ve got a grant and I’ve made full use of the university’s hardship fund and access fund. It’s been difficult but I see it as an investment. If I look at some of my peers who were unemployed when I started studying they’re still in the same situation; they haven’t achieved anything and there’s no future for them. But now I’ve got this whole new horizon.
Alex Krook can be contacted on 01482 655141. A digital photograph is available.
For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)