Why do you / did you want to do a PGCE?Watch this thread
*because you want an extra year at uni
*a paid postgraduate course
*springboard into ed psych or other masters level study
*work in the educational sector but in an office somewhere and not with children in classrooms, eg LEA/Exam board etc.
*something extra to top up your CV if you go abroad
*it's something to fall back on just in case jobs market / economy is bad
*(mistakenly) think the training or the actual job will be easy
*almost guaranteed a job (particularly for "shortage" subjects)
*and because you just can't....(because you're not one of those people who can)
Surely anyone thinking about a PGCE must at least have a vague notion that lots of teachers aren't happy with their professions. Imagine if a headline that says "50% of doctors quit being doctors within 5 years...) And they must have at least read a little bit about why. All the little things that adds up to a career that becomes less rewarding and highly stressful.
So why did you / do you still want to do it?
I'm making this poll because I read one of the comments in the 1st link @
And so I think it is a very interesting question to ask. And FYI, I did my PGCE for quite a few of the ANY OTHER reasons list I put above. After getting QTS, I went straight into supply teaching and top that up with other freelance work and have not looked back.
Even with all this reasoning. I'm not sure whether I'm doing the smart thing by signing myself up to a career that effectively demands 45-60 hours per week. The idea of supply work does sound somewhat tempting, but I've heard one head teacher effectively state: If I saw someone constantly supplying, I'd think, why haven't they settled into one school yet?