“I came straight out of school at 16 with a mindset that I wanted to get a job, however, it wasn’t until I had matured a little that I realised that what I actually wanted was a career, not just a job.”
Nathan had completed both his Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship in Fenestration before making the decision to follow his dreams of a career in Sport and switching to an apprenticeship in Teaching.
“I had a good think and discussed my options with my Skills Group Trainer, Wayne and although I had spent the last 2 years obtaining qualifications in Fenestration and I had a trade to fall back on, I knew in the long term I would have more job satisfaction if I took the leap and started a career in Teaching – since then I have never looked back!”
After a lengthy interview process, I was successful in getting a PE Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship with Pilgrim Primary School.
“Sport has always been something that I wanted to do. I enjoy teaching the children and having to come up with fun activities and lesson plans that will not only keep them engaged but also teach them key skills. I have had to learn to be firm as a teacher, finding a balance between the children listening and learning as well as having fun is challenging yet rewarding.
I am so pleased I made the decision to go into Teaching, I really love my job. When I finish training I would love to get more involved with local after school clubs and perhaps start up one of my own, for Sport of course!”
My advice to others who aren’t sure of what they want to do – You may need to try a few jobs before figuring out what career you really want, but when you do, it is really worth it.”