Preparing for your future, What's On, Work Experience

I want to train to be a teacher… now what?

Sophie, student intern, talks about getting into teaching – the experience you’ll need and how to decide if it’s right for you.

Both becoming a teacher, and the path you take to get there can be challenging so it’s vital to make sure that teaching is right for you. When you reach your goal, it’s sure to be highly rewarding.


Getting into teaching

There are several ways to become a teacher, such as applying for a PGCE or applying to Teach First.

Whichever route you take, it’s essential that you gain the necessary experience in a classroom before applying. This will help you to determine whether teaching is the right career path for you, and will help support any applications you may make in the future. Getting a feel for the classroom atmosphere as well as the ages of the children you are most suitable to teach, and deciding whether you have a passion for one subject or education as a whole, are important questions you need to answer before you apply.

Postgraduate teacher training courses are challenging as there is much to learn in a short space of time. Only apply for a course if you are certain that teaching is the way forward for you and understand the pressures that come with such a demanding career.

If you’re looking for experience in the classroom, head over to the Classroom Experience Project, based in Careers & Employability to see about securing some classroom based work experience.

There are sometimes opportunities to gain classroom experience with your academic school such as ‘SHARE with schools’, so look out for these.


Being a teacher isn’t just about delivering good lessons…

Regardless of the age group you choose to teach, your position of authority may sometimes place you in the role of a parent, social worker, counsellor and undoubtedly, a role model to your students. The pastoral part of your role as a teacher is just as important as the learning activities you create for your lessons.

The job does not end when your class goes home for the day. Teaching requires preparation behind the scenes to ensure the following lessons run smoothly. Undertaking work experience in a classroom allows you to develop a sound understanding of the role of a teacher and the skills and qualities you will need to carry out that role effectively, helping you to make an informed decision based on your experiences.

The Careers and Employability team run workshops and lectures packed with information on getting into teaching so check for updates on your Careers Account on the Intranet. Remember to book your place early to avoid disappointment.


Come to one of the upcoming teaching workshops

Primary Education: 18th November 2016 at 13:30 in the Glamorgan Building – room 1.62.

Book your place here.

Secondary Education: 24th November 2016 at 13:30 at 51A Park Place (Careers and Employability).

Book your place here.

If you can’t attend the workshops, you can book a careers appointment to discuss how to begin gaining experience and preparing for your future career. Alternatively, you can email the Classroom Experience Project at

Good luck on your journey to becoming a teacher and I hope this blog has helped you decide whether teacher training is the correct career path for you!


Careers and Employability

If you’re considering working, why not pop down to ask the experts at Careers and Employability at 50 Park Place? They can help you spruce up that CV and find your perfect part-time pursuit. You can book your careers appointment quickly and easily online.


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Best wishes,

Sophie, Student Intern.


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