My 3-year year undergraduate journey has come to an end. This September I should be starting my primary PGCE course in order to pursue my career in teaching. The PGCE course is intense and teaching is not easy, however I feel that Newman has done a great job in preparing me for the future.
- We undertake a Placement module– In our second year at university we all have a compulsory placement module that we undertake. This gets carried out in the setting of the career you hope to go into. I chose to go into a primary school. I love the school that I went to, it helped me realise how much I love working with children and it gave me a lot more experience in the setting. This was also very useful when it came to filling in my PGCE application.
- Careers team– leading on from the placement module, we also have a fantastic careers teams where they help you to get both part time jobs whilst an undergraduate student and prepare you for full time jobs for once you graduate. For instance helping you with your CV, giving you interview tips and showing you where to look.
- We are independent students- we become independent in our learning. For instance, when it comes to writing essays, we are not told what to write, but are instead given the tools to do it ourselves. We are also used to strict deadlines. Each year, though the course gets more intense as we go deeper into our subject knowledge, we are given more freedom and independence in what to write. In the final year, we are required to write a dissertation with no taught lectures, and by this stage we feel confident to do so.
- Giving us jobs and projects at the university– by working at Newman University and by participating in various jobs and projects, I feel I have developed a range of useful skills, which has also given me the confidence to work outside of university. Being given different opportunities has also allowed me to explore my interests so that I have a clearer idea of what I want to go into.
University allows you to try out and find out about so many different things. Now at the end, I feel I have gained experience in different fields and I will be able to use it in whatever way I want. I feel in control and I feel independent. University is all about discovering life and discovering you. And then helping you become who you want to be.
As this is my last blog for Newman, I want to thank you all for reading my blogs over the past few years. I hope you liked reading them and found them useful. I wish you the best of luck for the future!
Never stop believing in yourself