Career changer: computing trainee teacher
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Career changer: computing trainee teacher

I am training to teach as a computing teacher.
School Direct, as well, so directly in the school.
Since 2009 I’ve been an IT project manager for Hampshire County Council, for the University
of Southampton, and for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine up in London.
I’ve always really enjoyed it, but I think I got to the point where I’d approached
training to teach two times before, but both of those times it was just financially impossible.
It was once I realised that they offered bursaries that it made it an opportunity for me to look
into further. The first two days of teacher training were
inset days, so we kind of mucked in with what the other teachers were doing, which was extra
training on safeguarding and other school ethos type things. The second week we went
straight into observing teachers within our department.
I feel for myself that I learn more hands-on and I really enjoy being part of a team. So
I really wanted to be within a department at a school, I wanted to be where, I guess
I felt, all the action was. It’s been really, really positive. It’s
been really fast – I’d say a really fast-paced experience. It’s been inspiring. But there’s
a huge amount to take in. I mean, I’ve probably learnt more in the last 10 weeks than I have
in years, so it’s been a massive, massive journey, even in just 10 weeks.
Everybody that I feel is in place to support is really, really positive about that as well.
They really want you to do well, they really want you to succeed, so for me, the whole
support behind this route of training has been fantastic.
Already I’m at the point where I can’t wait to be able to have my own classroom and
my own tutor group. You kind of feel like this is where I’ve always wanted to be,
so I’m just really, really pleased that I’ve managed to do what I wanted to do,
which was break away from my career and do teaching and I’m just really enjoying learning
and picking up new skills and making progression with myself as well as the students.

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