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

I completed my MPhil and went straight onto a PGCE in History at the University of Cumbria. From my placements I secured a job at my first school and have remained in the same school for a decade! I've moved from a class teacher to being an Assistant Head of Sixth Form (in charge of UCAS admissions) and then into my current role as Head of Humanities.

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

Certainly time and resource management has been a skill that I've relied upon! Also the course content on British History was an advantage during the application process for the PGCE. Initially I was a Teacher of History (with some Geography) so the GIS experience I received on my MPhil was a real asset to my job.

Main work activities in your current role

Teaching, line managing a team of twelve staff in five subjects. Analysing and reporting on data relating to student progress and meaning with parents and outside agencies regarding the subjects I lead.

A typical day in your job

Into school for 7:30 to get stuck into the administrative jobs, teaching four or five lessons between 8:50 and 15:30 and running after school intervention or clubs until 17.00. Then home to mark books and plan lessons!

Main challenges in your role

Budget cuts, staff accountability and examination requirements altering regularly. There isn't enough time or money to do the job to the standards required without personal sacrifice.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

My love of History! I think the University of Birmingham molded me into a leader and I hope to continue my progress into Senior Leadership in the next couple of years.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Be aware of the time commitments - the holidays are great but they come at the cost of weekends and evenings during term time. The pay is okay but you certainly have to work hard every step of the way and take account for more than you have control over!