Wednesday, 20 February 2013

October 2012 - obsessing over my future

So it will seem like only a few weeks ago I was bragging on about how amazing distance learning is. I guess to the average reader it would seem like I was doing the right thing. However, I guess if you read deeper into it, you would probably realise that for me, distance learning probably wasnt the best idea.
Any way, in the end I dropped the MA in Human Resources this month, as I had some kind of epiphany.

I want to be a teacher

Not an ALT, but a Teacher. Therefore I will return to the UK and take a PGCE course, hopefully in Primary education with English as an additional language.
I would rather be and English specialised school teacher (Not EAL) but with my experience it only made sense to apply for the EAL route. I have heard it isnt too difficult to change (with the EAL) somewhere down the line.

There are only 2 universities in the UK (Surprisingly) which offer the EAL specialism in Primary education. I have applied to two universities. My first choice is Newman university College in Birmingham. It is a newly appointed university with a large pass rate and job success for PGCE graduates. My second choice is University of East London (UEL). I have chosen UEL as they are a large University which get a very high allocation of trainee teachers and because, well, I had not choice..

Why did I suddenly decide to change from HR to Teaching?

Well in my opinion, it isn't exactly much of a change. Someone asked me this the other day, and I know they will probably ask me if I ever gat an interview.
Quite simply I wanted a career where I worked with people - HR right? I also wanted a job that focused on the development of my self and other - Still HR right, a career that has a positive impact on those around me and whom I work with - Still HR but melding a little. I love that "Eureka" moment someone gets when I explain something to them.  I like the fact that in a small my way my job will have an impact on the future of our world, who knows what will grow to be or achieve - this is pretty much teaching now. I dont want a typical 9 - 5 job. As a teacher no 2 days are the same. I think it's exciting and something worth waking up 
for in the morning.

Oh, and I love kids lol.