Teaching is a job where I can keep learning, use my degree and make an impact

I graduated with Astrophysics degree at The University of Manchester two years ago. Since then I completed a year-long internship before co-founding a design and education start-up with a colleague, through which I started a series of STEM after-school clubs at primary schools in East London among other projects.

I have always wanted a job that would change people’s lives for the better and make the world a better place. Teaching is one such job, but I did not immediately clock onto that. It was only after having some other experiences following graduation that I realised I also wanted to have a job that would put me in contact with people (I am a social person who thrives when I can have lots of ideas bouncing around me), that would give me the opportunity to keep learning and would let me apply the physics and mathematics knowledge I have acquired through my degree onto something useful. Besides this, the lack of specialist physics teachers in the subject and the support the government and the IOP are currently giving to physics graduates entering the profession helped me make up my mind and take the step forward.

I have taken the Higher Education PGCE route for two main reasons. On one hand I wanted to have the chance to meet other trainees at university whom I could share the experience with, and have academic tutors who could give me an insight into the research that it is being carried out in the field of education. On the other hand, because I was not familiar with secondary schools in London and would not have felt confident picking one to go through the School Direct route. Also, I guess it is important to have friends and contacts within the profession, so taking this route allows me to have extra support and make connections I will keep for years.

I really love having lots of fellow trainees from my specialism and others around me at university who share this journey with me and make it much more enjoyable and fun.

The IOP Teacher Training Scholarship has first and foremost, given me financial independence, so I don’t have to work alongside my studies while living in London. Then on another note, it gives me the chance to network with other scholars and members of the IOP and attend excellent CPD sessions which I am sure will prove very beneficial in my development as a teacher.

  • The Institute of Physics is awarding Teacher Training Scholarships to individuals who have impressive subject knowledge, a passion to share their subject and the determination to become an exceptional teacher of physics.

    IOP scholars will benefit from £28,000 tax-free funding, as well as a package of support that includes CPD, networking events and IOP membership. Find out more and apply online

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