I applied for Insight as I wanted to be sure teaching was the right career choice for me. I’ve always been interested in teaching but it was this experience that gave me the opportunity to have a real taster of what it would be like on the job - inspiring young people to get as excited about science as I am.
I was given a great piece of advice recently. I was told that teaching is like acting. This was so valuable when I stood in front of a class for the first time. Faking confidence is extremely important when you’re faced with 30 kids who are all counting on you to teach them something valuable.
My favourite part of the Insight work experience programme was delivering my lessons and being able to engage the students. Seeing their enthusiasm and passion and watching them get so involved with science was as exciting as it was inspiring.
Insight has given me a lot of confidence. Although I have always been interested in teaching I wasn’t sure I would have what it takes. Now, I have developed so many new skills that will be incredibly useful in the future I am a lot more confident about what I can achieve. I am about to apply for the Leadership Development Programme and my experiences on Insight will really help strengthen my application.
This experience has opened my eyes to not only the importance of a good education in general but how vital it is to have good STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) teachers. There are not enough STEM teachers, let alone women; I want to be a part of that change.