Swapping senior management for students
Karen Roberts, languages teacher
Karen is a French and Spanish teacher at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls. Despite having enjoyed a successful career as the director of two large market research agencies, she’d always harboured a long-term ambition to teach. This desire to make a difference ultimately inspired her to train on a School Direct course.
“I’d always had teaching in mind,” says Karen, “because I’d really enjoyed the work I’d done with young people and children in my previous job. I felt a spark and the creativity that comes with that. I wanted to become a teacher for that reason but also because of the passion and enthusiasm I have for languages, which I wanted to pass on.”
Making the decision to leave an established career wasn’t easy, so Karen wanted to do some research to ensure she was making the right decision. She initially attended a Train to Teach Roadshow, taking the opportunity to speak to experienced teachers, schools and universities that offer teacher training and fellow professionals seeking to establish a new career in teaching.
“I’d assumed that my age would be a barrier, but it absolutely wasn’t,” she recalls, “everybody was very welcoming and said, ‘You’re absolutely not too old to become a teacher, we’re looking for people like you’.”
Karen then set about researching her options on the Get Into Teaching website, finding out about how to arrange school experience so she could get a feel for teaching. Getting this taste for what the profession has to offer galvanised her determination to teach, so she set about investigating her options.
When reflecting on her decision to change careers, Karen has nothing but words of encouragement for those thinking of doing the same: “It’s really rewarding. You will find it very varied, very challenging and you’ll find it intellectually stimulating because it will make you think about your subject in a different way. Definitely do it. I don’t regret it for a moment.”
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