Writing a new chapter in education
After a two-decade career in financial services, my contract expired right at the start of the national lockdown in March. For some time, I have wanted a career change and a better work life balance, so this unemployment gave me the chance to consider my options. I’ve always excelled in communication skills and a career in teaching seemed like a great fit. My job centre work coach recommended a course that would allow me to enter a school environment without going down the traditional university pathway.
The course was online, which suited me fine. I was learning with likeminded people, who all wanted the same outcome. The diversity of the students was definitely a big positive. One of the biggest helps was in redeveloping my CV. Mine had become more like a novel! I received loads of practical advice from my WEA tutor Paula and an employability specialist called Carrie from Chelmer Housing [a partner of the WEA] on what to detail, the order, the format and then targeted hints when I prepared for a job application. Nothing was too much trouble. I never expected to get so much support.
I now have a part-time position as a teaching assistant. This is truly the start of a new chapter.
It was exactly what I needed to change career and I am excited about what the future holds.