Katy M.

Teacher of English
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Katy M.
United Kingdom

My employment

Teacher of English
Teach First
United Kingdom
Large business (250+ employees)
Main Pay Scale for teachers

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A day in the life of a Teacher of English in the United Kingdom

What I do

Teach English at a mixed secondary academy in Ipswich.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Public speaking, time management, team management.

What I like most

Constant challenges each new day brings.

What I like least

Marking takes a while!

What surprised me most

How much I enjoy working the hours I do to see students succeeding.

How I looked for work

Researching all routes into education.

How I found out about the job

Employer's website

The recruitment process

Online application on TF website --> assessment centre --> skills tests --> 6 weeks of intense teacher training --> START TEACHING --> weekly mentoring during first year --> PGCE essays during the holidays

My career goals when I graduated

Continued career profession in any chosen career...originally this was International City Law...Soon changed to teaching for a better work-life balance.

My career history

- Vacation Schemes & experience at various Magic and Silver Circle law firms (BLP, Addleshaw Goddard, Taylor Wessing, DLA Piper, Linklaters)
- Brand Manger for the law firm BLP
- Observation experience at various schools.

What has helped my career to progress

Researching my chosen path online and keeping up to date on developments via Twitter.

Courses taken since graduation

PGCE (Distinction)
MA in Transformational Leadership (ongoing)

How my studies have helped my career

All studies have trained me for the high workload I face daily and time management so I can achieve a good work-life balance.

What surprised me about my career so far

Rapid career progression in a variety of directions and a competitive salary is available in the education sphere.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

Senior role within a school and/or working in Initial Teacher Training.

My advice to students considering work

Stay up to date on recent developments in your chosen career and try and get as much work experience (even if only tangentially relevant) as possible.

My advice about working in my industry

It's tough and the hours are NOT 8:30-3pm but it is one of the best careers in the world. Where else can you say that you are personally shaping our next generation?

Contacting me

Happy to discuss both careers in law and in education whether it is the TF route or not.

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