Teaching Professional Reflects on Career Success

A Bury professional has credited her teacher training at Bury College for being the springboard to helping her achieve exceptional career success.

Allison Smith, from Prestwich, enrolled onto the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in 2009 whilst working as a Teaching Assistant at a Primary School. Having identified a passion for teaching, Allison was keen to secure a qualification to help progress her career. Allison chose Bury College because it was local to where she lived and she could keep her job whilst studying part-time.

38 years old Allison completed her qualification in 2011 and undertook the job as a teaching assistant working in a high school in the Health and Social Care department. Within the year Allison was offered the job as course leader at St Monica’s Sixth Form Centre.

Allison strongly believes that the high level of training she received at Bury College has impacted her career decisions and strongly influenced her career destinations. Allison said, “Bury College made returning to education really easy. My tutors were approachable and helpful and offered me career advice which I had never previously considered. The range of activities we took part in improved my confidence greatly and made me realise the different prospects available.”

Allison has undertaken many other roles within education including working as a distance learning tutor for the Open Study College and undertaking the role as an assessor for OCR.

Allison also held the voluntary position of Lay member on the Bury Safeguarding Children Board for one year where she attended meetings to further develop her knowledge whilst working in Health and Social Care.

Alison is now utilising her wealth of experiences to return to education and studying at the University of Salford to become a children’s nurse and social worker.

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