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Teach First: The Taster Experience

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics, second year student blogger Two full days on Zoom? Yes, it is as exhausting as it sounds. But that was exactly what I signed up for when I enrolled in Teach First’s Taster Programme. Teach First is a UK charity that aims to tackle education inequality in the …

Building careers while staying indoors

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics student blogger It is safe to say that in recent weeks, everything has changed. This is a time of great uncertainty regarding so many aspects of our lives, and one of those is our careers. For me, my part-time job working in a bar has been suspended and …

A Camp America experience: what I’ve learned

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger The ‘summer of a lifetime’ at Camp America can be incredibly fun. It is also a fantastic opportunity that can transform your career prospects. Alongside getting to travel and meet lifelong friends, it boosted my employability skills greatly. It helped me become more confident, positive and ambitious, …

A Camp America application: rehearsal for the real thing

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger Camp America is famous among students for offering ‘the summer of a lifetime’. Having completed it last year, I definitely agree. In addition to providing one-of-a-kind work experience, the application process sharpened my CV writing skills. Here are my five tips on how to write a Camp …

Where in the World Will Your Degree Take You? Maybe South Korea?

By Ben Wolff, BSc Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, 2016 After finishing my A Levels, I went straight onto a degree in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University. And now I’m teaching English at an elementary school in rural South Korea! Why I decided to work abroad The main reason I decided to work abroad …

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 …