In 2004, at the age of 34 , I woke up one day and realised I needed to do something with my life to improve my long-term prospects. Although settled in my little house - and despite the fact that I had just bought a new dryer - I knew I had to go to university. I wanted to go to a city that had a great church. However, the quality of the History degree course was more important to me and I chose Derby, a little city in the East Midlands, England, about 100 miles south of where I lived. I was slightly disappointed because there was no great church. Little did I know that there was a great AoG church, but it wasn't until my last year at uni that I discovered it. To be honest with you, I don't think God wanted me to be distracted for the first two years. I studied British and European History from 1500 to 2000, as well as Russian Imperial History and Soviet History. Also, I studied the Christian Patriot Movement, in particular the Michigan Militia movement since the 1960s as part of my Neo-Fascism module. My dissertation was on the Poor and Homeless of Derby, England, in the nineteenth century. I was given an offer by the University of Nottingham for a place on the postgraduate course MA Social Policy and Administration with the intention of pursuing a career in government as a Social Policy Advisor. I graduated from the University of Derby in 2008, BA History 2:1. Although I met the conditions for Nottingham, I could not secure funding and had to turn down the offer. I explored my options and was forced to return to my hometown, my career plans ruined. I took a low-paid non-graduate callcentre job and I was attending the renewed Pentecostal church in Doncaster. I gave up on my graduate jobhunt in 2011. My prospects currently revolve around long periods of unemployment and short periods of work. I've been unemployed since June 2012. I'm in a more fortunate position than many graduates. I live near the Archives and Local Studies library and I'm researching the history of Doncaster from 1815 to 1945 with focus on the transition to democracy and the development of the working class in Doncaster; I hope to publish a book within 10 years. Lastly, for now, I am a Volunteer Room Steward for English Heritage at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, volunteering between April and October each year, since 2010; the hall is closed for winter. This is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer in one of the best conserved countryhouses in England.