Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Try Another Route into the Teaching Profession; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Try Another Route into the Teaching Profession; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE

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FROM working in mobile phone sales to teaching maths would sound, to most of us, like quite the career change.

But for Stockton dad-of-two, Colin Longstaff, the divide between the two jobs is not as wide as you might think.

"A lot of the skills I have brought from mobile phone sales help me with my job today," said the Stockton Riverside College lecturer. "Skills such as explaining technical jargon and being confident talking to a lot of different people."

He added that had he chosen to go back in to sales, lessons he has learned training as a teacher in the lifelong learning sector would also have proven beneficial.

"No matter what role you are in, if you can explain things in a better way and understand an individual's needs it can only help," he said.

As it is, Colin secured full-time work teaching maths at the college that had trained him.

His route into teaching was far from traditional. He said a friend told him about the one-year Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector course at Stockton Riverside College.

"It sounded ideal," he said. Not only was it close to home but the pre-service option meant that he didn't have to already be working in the classroom.

To keep the pennies rolling in Colin continued to work in the phone shop part time and also took on some hourly paid work wherever he could.

He completed his studies in May last year and secured some hourly paid work teaching maths at the college before securing a full time position in February.

"I feel very lucky for a job to come along," he said. "But I know that I am not a fluke as all of the people who were pursuing a career in teaching from my course have in some shape or form been successful."

Colin chose to study the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education pre-service option at Stockton Riverside College. …

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