IOP Teacher Training Scholarships: It’s never too late to train to teach…

Jeremy has spent 25 years working in industry, and most of this time was spent working abroad. In 2014 he decided it was time to move back to England with his family to rediscover English culture, which paved the way nicely for a new career in the classroom…

Jeremy - 2014 IOP Teacher Training Scholar
Jeremy – 2014 IOP Teacher Training Scholar

“I have been working in the electronics and semiconductor manufacturing sector for 25 years and have been based abroad for most of this time. I progressed from technical roles to organisational and management positions, and have worked in professional training and consulting for the last five years.

“I am passionate about physics, science and engineering and love to explain how things work to my children. We decided as a family to relocate from France to England to give my children a chance to experience UK culture and I wished to use the opportunity to start a new career. I wanted to get back to physics and science practice, so I was encouraged to pursue coaching and teaching as a way to indulge my passion and to learn through teaching.

“The funding and resources offered through the IOP Teacher Training Scholarship programme have convinced me to pursue this career. The programme has helped me with potential financial barriers and provided the comfort of knowing there is a support network available to me to develop the skills and experience to teach.

“I am looking forward to rediscovering the English education system whilst being able to indulge my passion for physics and science, as well as to have the chance to experiment and explore broad areas of science.”

It is never too late to start a new career in teaching – even after many years in an entirely different career!

Although the prospect of changing career can be incredibly daunting, the IOP provides resources and financial support to ease early career teachers into their new role. There’s no denying that teaching can be challenging at times, but the rewards, support and benefits far outweigh the tough days.