Case study

Lecturer — Steve

Teaching a subject he's passionate about means Steve loves his teaching job…

How did you get your job?

After graduating I enrolled on the post-compulsory PGCE at University Campus Suffolk (UCS). My placement was at Suffolk New College.

When a job was advertised at the college in my subject area I applied and was successful.

I love teaching. I enjoy interacting with the students, finding out new things from them and seeing them grow as learners

How relevant is your degree to your job?

It is very relevant. The modules I studied during my degree have had broad applications in the teaching I have subsequently done

What are your main work activities?

In a usual day I arrive at about 8.20am and begin teaching at 8.45am. Our teaching day runs from 08:45am through to 5.15pm.

During any one day I might teach A-level English Lit, A-level Communication and Culture or GCSE English.

How do you use your degree in your job?

Subject knowledge of, for example, narrative, theoretical perspectives (e.g. Marxism, feminism) and semiotics - have all proved invaluable in my A-level teaching.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love teaching. I enjoy interacting with the students, finding out new things from them and seeing them grow as learners.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

Paperwork.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

Still teaching at the college, I hope to have completed my Masters by then.

Any words of advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

Make sure that you commit to teaching a subject you are passionate about. Be ready to learn from people who have been doing the job for longer than you have. Be ready to be challenged.

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