We’re really excited to be launching our new Success Stories series this week at CGD! There are so many inspiring people out there working hard and reaching their career goals, and what better inspiration could there be than hearing their stories?
We will be asking people on all kinds of career paths to give you an insight into what it took to reach their goal, and where they go from there.
Our first success story is Phoebe, who at 24 is just 6 weeks off being a fully qualified teacher with her own class of more than 30 pupils!
CGD: Have you always wanted to be in the career you’re in now?
P: On some level, yes, but I only decided that it was what I really wanted once I’d left university.
CGD: What was your route to where you are today?
P: Having left university with a non vocational degree I spent a year gaining experience teaching abroad. That’s where I realised this was exactly what I wanted to do, so I followed my instinct and signed up for a PGCE.
CGD: Amazing! Where did you teach?
P: Before university I travelled to India and taught in a school there. I spent 5 weeks in Sri Lanka during my university course and once I’d finished went to Madagascar to teach for a further 3 weeks.
CGD: What advice would you give to somebody looking to pursue this career?
P: Make sure you’re committed before embarking on it, it’s a lot of hard work and far more exhausting than you might realise.
CGD: Has this career met your expectations?
P: There’s far more behind the scenes work than I realised that is under-appreciated by so many people. The level of planning and attention to detail that teachers have to go into is something you don’t realise beforehand either. But it’s so rewarding, seeing the children learn something you’ve taught them makes it all worth while.
CGD: Now you’ve reached your goal, where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
P: I have no idea! I love to travel and want my teaching to take me across the world, I would love to teach in lesser developed countries and do what I can to help.
CGD: Thank you Phoebe, what a lovely story, we’re sure your teaching will take you anywhere you want to go!