Since I was 5 years old I have always known what I wanted to do – teach. In secondary school I realised that languages was also another passion of mine and I wanted to explore this. The University of Stirling was the only place that offered me the opportunity to study both.
Throughout my 4 years at the university I enjoyed every aspect that Stirling had to offer. The beautiful campus, outstanding facilities and social aspects of university life. I made friends for life and learned who I am as a person and a teacher.
As our year was smaller than most, it meant that we all formed close relationships. Many of us are still friends today and keep in touch to help each other out. I also found there was a lot of support from the university itself and the tutors that we had. If you ever had a problem, or even a question, there was always someone to talk to.
For me it has been slightly different as I did not apply for jobs in Scotland, however having a background in languages was extremely beneficial for me working abroad. I employ the same strategies I was taught throughout my course, to the classroom situations I am in today. Nowadays, languages are becoming more important within the curriculum and I feel that in the future my degree will give me an edge over others.
Make the most of it. They were an amazing 4 years of my life and they pass all too quickly!
After my probation year in Stirling Council I decided I wanted a new challenge and took a job opportunity abroad. I am currently living and working in Spain as an English Language Teacher and work with a variety of people, aged from 4 to 60.
It is a difficult question to answer, as with most careers you have your ups and downs. Some days you will question whether or not you made the right choice in studying teaching. However, there are also days where you realise there is nothing else you would want to do expect teach. Watching children mature and grow in confidence is one of the most rewarding experiences a teacher could have.