Sports club helped me achieve career ambition

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Charlotte

I always knew I wanted to become a PE teacher and consequently made career and educational decisions with this in mind. I chose to study Sports Science at university with the intention of enrolling on a PGCE course afterwards. When applying to university, I talked to my current PE teachers at college about which university to attend and for help with filling out applications. After listening to their advice I decided to attend the same university that they had gone to as I felt that the university was seen as the best at sport.

From the start of university I thought about my career and took actions to enhance my prospects. I gained a wide variety of work experience including working as a support member to staff on a ski trip with my old school. I also took an active role in the sports club at university as it clearly linked in with my career ambition. During university, I took advantage of my degree by choosing modules that were most relevant to my chosen career path developing skills in the right areas to help achieve my goal.

When it came to applying for a PGCE course, I got back in touch with my old PE teachers to ask for advice and also talked to friends about filling in applications. I also went to the professor in charge of teacher education at university to see what kind of things I needed to express in my application. With this help, I successfully gained a place on a PGCE course at my undergraduate university.

I successfully applied for a graduate job as a PE teacher during my year on the PGCE course and started this job as soon as I graduated. While on the PGCE I talked to teachers at my placement schools and found them to quite useful when discussing applications for teaching jobs.

Reflecting on my experience, I am more than happy with how things have developed and believe my university experience was very successful in helping to achieve my goal. I would advise current students to get work experience as it is useful for applications and to get involved in clubs and societies as they give a boost to your CV.