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    Hi guys,

    I've very recently opted for a massive career change, after three years of working in accounts i came to the realisation i have no interest in the field and no desire to further myself within the sector and wanted to do something i'd ultimately enjoy and have interest in.

    Basically i'm looking for some sort of direction - i've scheduled meetings with career advisors and next step personel, but i wanted an insight from actual students to the best way to go from here.

    Formal education wise i have nothing that really shines apart from 8 A-C grades and two AS Levels one in Physical Education and one in History.

    My desired field would primarily to look into becoming a Physical Education teacher in a secondary school enviroment (I'm aware this is a very popular course)

    I've been trying to research ways into teaching from a non student perspective (in terms of leaving work to come back to education) but to no real avail. There seem to be many initial steps, courses/ITT/PGCE but i don't know if i'm eligible for any. Am i going to have to sit my A-levels to go any further?


    Any general advice would be greatly appreciated - or any advice from someone who has maybe done a similar thing or attempted to do so.
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    What is important for you?
    To meet people? To have varying work tasks?
    Are you a physical person, if youre looking into becoming a PE teacher?
    How willing are you to study etc, is it something you would like to do?
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    What is important for you?
    To meet people? To have varying work tasks?
    Are you a physical person, if youre looking into becoming a PE teacher?
    How willing are you to study etc, is it something you would like to do?

    Hi Mike,

    In terms of work, i feel as if i can offer more than sitting in the confines of an office day in and day out - i would like a more active career and one where i feel i'm benefiting people. The diversity of teaching and the human interaction are very appealling and i'm sure two factors which attract many people to the profession.

    I am looking for a challenge, both mentally and obviously physically and do be able to teach something i have a passion for. The ultimate importance of any roll should be happiness and something the person enjoys - i left my working roll as i simply had no gratification from doing it anymore and i feel this would be a much better path for me to take.

    I would regard myself as a very physical and active person. Sport is my absolute passion and to combine my passion in a working enviroment seems a very logical step.

    I'm more than willing to study - as i'm now older my capacity for learning and more especially my will to learn has greatly increased. I would love to futher myself and gain new skill sets.

    However i feel i'd struggle studying for two years doing A-Level to then do a further four years at University without an income - i basically need to know is this path even viable for someone in my position or is it simply too late (Just turned 22).
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    It seems that you already now more or less what you want to do. If you feel that this is what you should do, then they way there is not too long. It is also never too late to start studying having this goal in mind.
    If you decide that it's too late and you never try to work towards this goal, you will just agonize about it afterwards that you never took the chance. You just turned 22. In my home country, most people start studying at uni at this age, and there are lots of people who are around 25 (which you would be), studying for higher education. It will of course be a change of life to not have a steady income, but if you feel ready to take up studying you will notice that it can also bring a lot of fun things.

    I don't know much about the education for teaching PE in UK, but if there are no other ways than this 2 + 4 years route for you, maybe its what you should do.

    I suggest you keep your mind open however, perhaps the career advisors will propose some other paths which can fit your interest in meeting people and physical challenge. But otherwise, you seem quite determined about what you like and what you want.
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    Hey man,

    You really need to check out the tda.gov.uk website, pretty much everything you want will be there.

    I'm not a P.E. guy, but I know the general ropes regarding getting into secondary teaching as I've been looking at the same info lately (for English and Performing Arts). This is mate, there isn't likely to be a way without really formalising those quals so chances are you're gonna have to go to Uni if you want to compete with all those who want to do what you do. To give you an example, a girl I did A-levels with took Dance, P.E and Drama...possibly Biology as well, went to Loughborough, and is now head of PE at a school. No probs.

    There is really good financial help for education degrees...if you could face 3 or 4 years (instead of 6!) I think you might have a shot...apply for BEd courses that specialise in your field. Many unis offer the compulsory placements AS PART of your degree...so you graduate with a BEd AND QTS! Most of teh courses are likely to be 4 but there may be a few that are 3. You need to search the UCAS site.

    As a mature student A-levels might not be needed, at least you have 2 AS passes....getting some work experience in a school would also be a good idea.

    All the best
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    Hi, i am currently in my 3rd year of my apprenticeship doing engineering in a power station, but for the last year i havent been enjoying it and want to finish my apprenticeship and go on to becoming a nurse or a midwife but i havent a clue where to start, i dont paricually want to go to university, and I have 12 GCSE's grade C and above, also i have a BTEC National Certificate in Operations Maintenance. And by the end of next year i will hopefully have my HNC in Operations Maintenance. Can anyone point me in the right direction?? Pleeese!
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    (Original post by Carysannroderick)
    Hi, i am currently in my 3rd year of my apprenticeship doing engineering in a power station, but for the last year i havent been enjoying it and want to finish my apprenticeship and go on to becoming a nurse or a midwife but i havent a clue where to start, i dont paricually want to go to university, and I have 12 GCSE's grade C and above, also i have a BTEC National Certificate in Operations Maintenance. And by the end of next year i will hopefully have my HNC in Operations Maintenance. Can anyone point me in the right direction?? Pleeese!
    Hey

    This is the education and teaching section, mostly just people doing PGCEs and the like. I'm sure there's a forum on nursing and midwifery on here somewhere. I'm not sure whether you can do that without going to university, unless you look on the nhs website and find some on-the-job training (which is highly unlikely). Why don't you want to go to University? My sister went to University to do a Diploma, and is now an ODP (specialised nurse).

    Hope that's some help for you
 
 
 
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