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From the Sound of Music to the Sound of Nature

Student Johnny-Taylor

The impact of Covid-19 on the music industry has prompted a change of direction for Wildlife and Conservation Management student Johnny Taylor.

The 38-year-old spent 20 years working in the hospitality industry, managing music venues, booking bands and running festivals and outdoor events.

However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, he was forced to reconsider his options and decided to apply to study for an HNC at SRUC in Aberdeen.

“The music industry has fallen flat on its face,” he said. “With no large crowds or travel at the moment, we can’t get bands to come over and play, so music venues are unfortunately failing.

“My partner and I had to relocate for a job she got offered and with the music industry crumbling, it was my chance to try my hand at something new.

“Working outdoors has always been a dream of mine and with my current situation the timing is perfect.”

While he was concerned about returning to study as a mature student, he says the variation in modules is amazing, as is the level of help, guidance and understanding from the tutors.

“I’d simply love to become a ranger,” he said. “Depending on how I do with this year’s course, I will consider doing the HND first.”

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