Degree and University: Anglia Ruskin University, BA (Hons) Business Studies (4 yr Sandwich)
Year of graduation: 2005
Occupation: Business Teacher.
What do you actually do?
I teach in a secondary school. My main subject is Business Studies. I also teach GCSE Business and Communication Systems, A Level Business Studies and the BTEC Diploma in Business. In addition, I am part of the Early Careers Teacher Forum within the school assisting GTP, PGCE and NQT teachers as a critical friend while they finish undertaking their teaching training. This allows them to come and speak to Early Careers teachers about any concerns they are having. I am a year 13 tutor, which allows me to develop the pastoral side of teaching as well as the academic and to pass on advice to them about higher education.
Were you always interested in teaching as a career?
While in the final year of university I had a couple of really inspiring lecturers and they thought teaching would be a good profession for me to go into. After university I began working in the marketing department of a ferry company. I wasn’t really challenged and found the job quite boring. I realised that teaching was still the profession I wanted to pursue.
How did you find out about this particular job?
I sent a speculative letter to my old secondary school. Three months later I started my teacher training with them and have stayed at the school ever since. It takes one school year (3 terms) to become a qualified teacher through the GTP route.
What do you most like about what you do?
I enjoy the variety of the job, in terms of teaching different subjects throughout the day. There is no time to feel complacent or bored. The students are real characters, and it’s great to have a new class every September and to build up a rapport with them to get the best out of them. We have a good support system in the school and I feel that that has helped to build my confidence in becoming a good teacher.
Are there any downsides to what you do?
Work doesn’t stop once the school day is over! There is a lot of paperwork to do while you are training, and it can be quite time consuming and considerably cuts into your social life.
What are the most important skills you need to make a success out of teaching?
Planning and patience.
Do you have any advice for graduates wanting to come into this sector?
You need to have a lot of patience and learn not to take things too personally, as fourteen-year- olds can be brutally honest at times!