Degree and university: Combined (4-year) Honours Degree in Computer Science & Mathematics from University of Central Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan). PGCE (full-time) at London Metropolitan University, studying Mathematics and Education.
What do you do in your job?
This is my second year of teaching. I teach Mathematics to Key Stage 3/4 students. I also organise end of term/year and mock tests/exams, and maintain the students’ database for their results and sets in the department.
Did you always want to be a teacher?
Yes, I still remember I was in year 10 when I first decided to become a Maths teacher. Since then I have never changed my mind. Initially, my teachers at college/university inspired me to pursue a career in teaching Mathematics. Now I find it even more interesting and exciting.
Are you considering further study in order to gain promotion?
I am currently studying further for a Master of Teaching at the Institute of Education, University of London, and MA Ed: Professional Enquiry at The University of Winchester.
What do you like and dislike about your job?
Teaching is as inspiring and challenging as each child I teach. I never get bored as I seedifferent faces and interact with different knowledge seekers every hour. The only downside is I end up feeling shattered at the end of the day.
What skills do you think you need to succeed in this sector?
You need a calm, but motivating and encouraging, personality. However, the real keys to successful relationships with young people are a lot of tolerance and plenty of patience!
What would be your best piece of advice for graduates wanting to come into teaching?
Don’t expect too much! You don’t become a good teacher overnight.