“Realise that the staff want the best for you.”
When did you leave NCEA?
I left NCEA in 2014
What did you do next?
I attended the University of Sunderland to study (BA Hons) English Education with QTS.
What are you doing now and where?
I am about to graduate the above course with a 2:1, meaning I have an undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree as well as QTS.
Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day for me was teaching English/Media Studies/Drama to KS3 to KS5 students in my placement school, which has recently ended.
What three things do you enjoy most about your chosen career or further study?
The three things I enjoyed most were: being able to develop my knowledge of my favourite subject, developing my own skills to become a better individual/teacher, and meeting people who were as interested in my chosen subject as I am.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
In five years time I’d like to be teaching English in a school which I love, possibly even with a role such as head of department.
What advice would you give to current students?
The advice I would give is to listen to the advice and support which is being given to you by staff in school, not just teachers of your subjects. Realise that the staff want the best for you. Don’t be scared; do something that will get you out of your comfort zone (like university) and if you are scared, remember everyone else in the country is in the same boat.