Summaiya Ayub, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2011

'If you want to learn there is nothing stopping you at Birmingham.'

Summaiya AyubCurrent role

I have a part time job in retail for the moment.

Has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

Most definitely, I have a degree and will be able to go on to work as a high level teaching assistant and various other sectors relating to children. 

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

At the moment I am working part time and also preparing for the PGCE course which I am hopefully set to start in September.

What first attracted you to the University?

The University of Birmingham is a Red brick university with a brilliant reputation. I needed high grades to get in so I assumed the standard of education would be also be of a high standard, in terms of teaching and facilities. The university of Birmingham is also the best University situated in Birmingham and I was looking to stay in Birmingham.

What were the best bits about your time here as a student?

Some lecturers were absolutely amazing, and the facilities. If you want to learn there is nothing stopping you at Birmingham. The opportunities at Birmingham are endless it is up to you to take advantage of them. 

What did you think of the learning experience within the University?

I found my first year on the course difficult; Birmingham really is all about independent study, searching for the answers yourself. It took me time to adapt but I think it was the best thing for me. More than anything else university has shown me that I am able to make decisions for myself, I am able to struggle and make sense of things myself eventually. I don’t need other people to do all the hard work for me. My experiences have given me self confidence and self belief. 

Did you find your course challenging or easy?

The course was definitely challenging. It has taken me three years to actually be able to read a journal article and understand it!

Advice for current students?

Make the most of your time at this excellent university and take advantage of all the facilities available to you because before you know it, your time will be up. 

What are your plans for your future career?

Getting through the PGCE hopefully and teaching at primary level. I also hope to return to the University of Birmingham for further study in a few years.

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