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GTA Case Studies

Find out what Graduate Teaching Assistants think

Course studied: BSc (Hons) Psychology

Graduated: 2017

Current role: Teacher, North Birmingham Academy

Glodean, 35 from Birmingham, has found teaching her passion, stimulating and encourages children to study psychology.

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Hayley Mason

Graduated: 2017

Current role: Psychology and Sociology Lecturer, Newcastle-Under-Lyme College

Hayley Mason, 26 from Cannock, actively resisted pursuing a career in teaching and was focused on becoming a Probation Officer.

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Kauser Hussain

Course studied: GTA scheme

Graduated: 2016

Kauser Hussain, 25 from Leicester, started to study A-levels in Business, Accounts, Maths and English with a view to pursuing a career in the professional sector. She changed her mind midway through the course and switched to a BTEC in Travel & Tourism whilst still studying English.

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Kerys Harrop

Course studied: GTA scheme

Graduated: 2016

Current role: Visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and professional footballer with Birmingham City Football Club Ladies.

Kerys Harrop, 25 from Halesowen, was an avid footballer and had her heart set on a career in sport, either aiming to be a PE teacher or moving into sport science. She studied Human Biology, Psychology and PE at school and secured a football scholarship with Birmingham City Football Club Ladies team.

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Rob Geal

Course studied: GTA scheme

Graduated: 2016

Current role: Film Studies Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton

Rob Geal, 39 from Wolverhampton, was unclear about the career path he wanted to take when he completed a degree at Bradford University in Peace Studies. He had dabbled in music but had no idea what he wanted to do in the long-term.

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Sarah Higgins

Course studied: MMus Music

Graduated: 2017

Current role: Music Teacher, Stratford-Upon-Avon College

Sarah Higgins, 27 from Aldridge in Walsall, found that studying for her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the University of Wolverhampton was instrumental in securing her a full-time teaching job.

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Zhara Malik

Graduated: 2017

Current role: Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick

Zhara Malik, 33 from Leicester, found that teaching law suited her better than actually practising it – and she switched to a career that fitted the bill.

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