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How I Survived My First Assessment Centre

By Alice Gould, student blogger After the stress of January exams and coursework deadlines had finally come to a close, it suddenly dawned on me that I will be graduating very soon. I don’t have much longer left as a student. In barely a few months, I am going to have to face the fact …

There’s more to education than being a teacher

By Vicky Lorriman, first year English student As an arts student without a career goal, I’ve been told many times that teaching is the profession for me. Frankly, it’s something I’d rather avoid; but giving up entirely on the education sector could be a mistake and so I attended the Spotlight On… Participation Outreach event. …

My First Assessment Centre Experience

By Hannah Smith, student blogger So, last Friday I ventured to London and felt like a ‘big city’ businesswoman for the day, taking the tube like a pro with my Oyster card to offices with a fantastic view (see pic!). But it wasn’t all in the name of role play; I was invited to my very …

Going back to school…

By Hannah Smith, student blogger Last month I had my first taste of being on the other side of the staff room door – I’m now working in a school! I’m taking part in the Students in Classrooms scheme run by the Widening Participation team within the University, which means that I spend one day …

Teacher training interviews…what to expect

By Julie Callaghan, Senior Careers Adviser If you are reading this post, you might have an interview for teacher training coming up or perhaps you have just completed your application and are thinking ahead to the interview stage. Whether you are applying for a PGCE, School Direct, a SCITT or other routes into teaching, and …

When your plan A isn’t for you anymore…

By Nicole Jones, BA English, Year 3 As an English student with a career in mind, I’d been feeling rather smug, up until recently You see, I had a plan. Having matured enough to realise I probably wasn’t going to be the next J.K.Rowling, I’d decided to go into teaching – I like my subject, I …

Applying to be a teacher? Advice and changes for 2014

By Suzanne McGregor, Faculty of Arts Careers and Employability Consultant Whatever year you are in or subject you are studying, teaching may have occurred to you as a career choice. We can all remember our most inspiring teacher, and the opportunity to ‘make a difference’ is often a key motivation for aspiring teachers. Which age …