Third year is a very scary year for two reasons:
- You’re expected to know what you’re going to do after university.
I am one of the lucky few. Finals still terrify me but at least I know what I want to do after Uni. I am applying for a PGCE to teach Secondary English. That’s a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. It takes one year and then you can be let loose in a school as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). Having a plan however, is only the first step.
The second, and equally tricky step is to actually apply! The application is similar to UCAS – lots of questions and a personal statement. Right now, the personal statement is occupying my time. As I’m sure you know, they are a difficult thing to write. It doesn’t come naturally to list everything you are good at and why you are the best candidate. Although I must say, I’m definitely better at it than the first time around. I know why I want to teach and I know, at least I hope I know, why I would make a good teacher.
Last year I volunteered as a teaching assistant at a local Secondary School. After a long lesson working with a very unmotivated and difficult Year 12 student on her essay, she turned to me and said: “thanks a lot Miss, you’ve really helped.” That experience really made me sure that I wanted to teach and showed me that I could help someone.
So, I need to finish off my personal statement, fill in my application, send it off, and keep all my fingers and toes crossed!