Name: Scott Eastwood
Degree and university: Mathematics and Statistics, University of Southampton (2004), PGCE, Institute of Learning, University of Hull (2007 – 8)
Work Title: Newly qualified teacher (NQT) Secondary Maths.
Were you always interested in teaching as a career? I began a career as an accountant, starting at the bottom as an accounts assistant. Teaching had always been something I had been interested in, but at the time I didn’t feel I was in a position financially to continue studying full-time. I soon realised that life in an office was not for me, doing the same things day in day out, and after 18 months I decided to pursue something else.
I had kept the ‘bug’ for studying while working as an accountant by studying at university after work once a week and after realising what a buzz helping my younger sister with her homework generated, I enrolled for the PGCE at the University of Hull.
What did you most enjoy about your teacher training experience at the University of Hull? I enjoyed being back in university surroundings, meeting a wide range of new people all with the same goal. The PGCE group as a whole and the Mathematics element included newly graduated people, middle-aged people and people like myself, who were somewhere in the middle. This resulted in many varied views on teaching and styles of teaching, with each member of the group having their own role. Mine, apparently, was to be the joker of the group; I have the certificate to prove it!
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course and have made some extremely close friends form it.
How are you finding teaching now? There is no doubt it is hard work but it is also the best decision I could have made. No two days are the same, each posing their own new challenges.
The pupils are challenging and at the same time rewarding. They are constantly surprising you and the good moments definitely make up for the bad. I am particularly enjoying building a relationship with my form group.
What would you say to anyone who was thinking about a possible career in, or change of career to, secondary teaching? Do it! But make sure you are prepared to devote most evenings to your work. The school day does not end when the final bell rings! You are never too old to become a teacher, in fact, life experience is a definite bonus, but I advise visiting a school so you know what they are like now.
Making a connection with a teenager is such a buzz; I can’t see myself having any other kind of career.