Miranda graduated in botany and currently works in a grammar school as a science technician...
I work in a school for 11-18 year olds, part time and term time only. I entered employment as a technician first in a private school and then later moved to my current position. Both these positions were found through word of mouth and I feel I was successful in my applications due to my scientific background and experience.
Although my science degree is not necessary for most of my duties it does enable me to have a greater understanding of what teachers are aiming to achieve and the theory behind the activities. My degree in botany has led to me taking responsibility for the work within the biology department and working closely with the teachers.
I have a strong interest in environmental work and have been able to become very involved in projects linked to this through the school including the 'Eco council'.
Within my role I feel it is essential to be able to prioritise work and have good time management. I prepare materials and equipment for classes and support teachers in the classroom when necessary. This support can be working with year seven groups or more individually with the higher years' course work.
I particularly enjoy it when there are new experiments and I can work with the teachers to develop the best methods of delivery. However, most work is routine and can even be repetitive if several groups are doing the same experiments.
If I decide to progress from this job I hope to move into something that will make more use of my interest and knowledge of environmental sciences.
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