Gary Waller


Gary Waller had been in the army, worked for Nissan and as a taxi driver before he made the decision to study at the University of Sunderland in his late 40s. After calling the University of Sunderland Clearing hotline he landed a place on the BA Business and Financial Management degree. Gary graduated with a First Class degree, and now works as Logistics Manager at Liebherr Sunderland Works Ltd.

I decided to attend university to prove something to myself. I left school with few qualifications, but I also wanted to improve my job prospects. I served for seven years in the Royal Engineers as a Plant Operator, then 12 years at Nissan working on the production line, and 10 years working as a taxi driver, but I always had bigger ambitions.

While at Sunderland I applied for a part time job at Liebherr through the University’s Careers and Employability Service. Effectively I started to work for Liebherr while I was in my second year at University, and now I am the Logistics Manager. I would advise any student to attend an Open Day at the University of Sunderland. It is your chance to speak to lecturers and current students, and also find out more about the University’s excellent facilities, and about the city.”

Published 16 August 2017

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