BA International Relations (2010)
Birmingham is a hugely diverse university with students from every corner of the world with unbelievable experiences and different motivations for coming to Birmingham"
Who are you currently working for and what is your job title?
TeachFirst; Golden Hillock School English Teacher
What is the best thing about what you are doing now?
Children are very unpredictable so every day is a different mash of emotions and characters; this keeps work interesting. This challenge combined with the huge range of people I've met so far through the graduate scheme and the work for Procedo have made my initial months outside of Uni a hectic but hugely enjoyable experience.
How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?
I joined the Teach First graduate scheme straight after university because I was looking for a very different and testing challenge that would utilise the variety of skills I gained during my time at Birmingham both on my degree and working for the Alumni Relations team. I was placed in a school close to the university in Sparkhill, an ethnically diverse but very deprived area of the city. So far the work has been both incredibly eye opening and rewarding; I'm part of a supportive English team that is constantly striving to raise the attainment and life chances of our pupils by setting them up with functional English skills that will enable them to achieve highly in the future. The challenges of an inner city school are vast but the skills I am honing are proving valuable in my work for Procedo, which when I'm not teaching takes up most of the rest of my time!
Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?
It was an easy choice for me, Birmingham has a fantastic international reputation as a leading research and teaching institution and the courses on offer were so varied. Having an exciting, vibrant city on my doorstep helped the decision along too!
What are your fondest memories of the University?
The whole experience is great, my advice would be to immerse yourself in everything you can from your course and departmental sports teams to late nights in Selly Oak and the huge variety of societies and careers fairs on offer, even if it means pushing a few of those essay deadlines! I loved living so close to the university and working on campus during my time there, you get so many opportunities to meet like-minded people and try new activities. Make sure you keep an open mind!
How did you grow as a person by coming to University?
Birmingham is a hugely diverse university with students from every corner of the world with unbelievable experiences and different motivations for coming to Birmingham; becoming friends with such people on my course and having the opportunity to study topics from Ethics to Post Conflict Reconstruction undoubtedly made me more humble, broadened my mind and made me confident enough to actively pursue my real interests.