A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

After graduation I worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after being accepted on their graduate programme in Tax (VAT) in the Birmingham office. This role also had secondments in London for 3 years. I wanted to work in a field closer to my degree area, so I decided to apply to National Farmers Union (NFU) Mutual and worked as a Trainee Actuary for 3 years. I enjoyed training other people in my role (I also enjoyed this at PwC too) so decided on a third career change, undertaking my PGDipEd at Birmingham for secondary mathematics. I have been working as a teacher since.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

The whole PGDipEd was about preparing to work as a teacher in the modern learning environment. In this regard, my time spent at the University was invaluable.

Main work activities in your current role

Teaching mathematics.

A typical day in your job

No day is the same. You think you’ve got it all planned but then something unexpected happens! It’s all fun though.

Main challenges in your role

It's difficult getting a classroom full of kids to progress to the next level, but also motivating when you succeed.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

No two days are the same and you are your own boss in the classroom (in some ways).

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Do as much work experience as possible and make sure it’s for you. It’s a tough career. It’s not easy but massively rewarding.