I’ve always thought about teaching. Throughout my formative years, it was the future career plan I had prepared as the answer to the question “what do you want to do when you grow up?” But somewhere along the way that dream got lost. I graduated university in the midst of an economic crisis and there were no jobs anywhere. Having somewhat outgrown the idea of teaching, I temped for 2 years trying to think about what I wanted to do. To be honest I don’t think the problem was that I had outgrown the idea, it was simply that I had completed a 4 year degree (straight after school with no gap year) and was tired of studying and I couldn’t face doing yet another year at University getting my PGCE. After searching high and low, I eventually managed to get a job at British Airways.
I think sometimes it just takes doing a horrible job you absolutely hate to push you towards your dream
The comfort of British Airways and the amazing friends I’d made there made me reluctant to leave but after 8 and a half years and a lot of changes (for the worse) in the industry, I knew the time was right.
I ended up taking a job at a company in central London. I have no idea why I chose an office job. I am NOT the “office girl” type and, unsurprisingly, I hated it. I couldn’t stand the office politics, the double standards and the cattiness and the fact that people constantly pushed their work onto me and then took credit for it. I missed British Airways and the camaraderie I had there. I couldn’t believe I’d chosen to leave for this! I desperately started job searching for something…anything else! That’s when I started thinking about teaching again. I knew I couldn’t really do a full PGCE because of money issues (it costs £9,000!) so I looked into other options. I initially was going to do the 120 hour TEFL course due to the quick, easy and cheap qualification but then I decided I would need something more substantial than that. I needed teacher training and actual teaching practice and so even though it was more expensive and time consuming I ended up choosing CELTA because I knew at the end of the day I would have a better qualification.
In a way, I’m happy that I took that office job because I think sometimes it just takes doing a horrible job you absolutely hate to push you towards your dream.
I took the plunge and applied for the CELTA course at International House London. I was one step closer to becoming a teacher…