Adam Whitaker, PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Chemistry, 2014

BSc Biochemistry (2013), PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Chemistry (2014)

Where are you working now and what does it involve?

I now work at Ninestiles School in Acocks Green as a science teacher, teaching students from years 7 to 11. 

Do you have any advice about the processes, applications or timescales involved in following your career path?

My advice is to apply for jobs from Christmas and Easter. 

Would you recommend any alternative routes to get to where you are now?

I prefer University/SCITT instead of Teach First purely because I find Teach First has less support within the classroom.

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

My career is going really well! After my first year of work I actually received a double pay rise. I will also be moving on to doing a Masters.

What are the best and worst things about what you are doing now?

The best thing about my job is that I enjoy teaching, making new practicals and running the science club. The worst thing about my job is marking books!

What were your career plans when you joined the University of Birmingham?

I always knew when I joined the University of Birmingham that I wanted to become a teacher.

How did your course prepare you for your future career?

The Biochemistry course did not prepare me as much for teaching; instead it prepared me for a variety of jobs and taught me presentation skills. The PgDipEd provided me with some real life teaching experiences.

How did you overcome the challenges of your degree course?

When it was tough I just worked harder. In my final year I went to the library and worked from 8.00am to 5.30pm every day.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students in each year?

First year: Write notes on each lecture but have the most fun possible!

Second year: Write notes on each lecture but then do some outside reading and write notes on that.

Third year: Get to the library most days!

After graduation: Put as much effort in as possible and get involved in as many things as possible!

How do you see your career developing?

I see my career developing into an Assistant Principle within 10 to 15 years.