Sarah Emery, FdA Children’s and Young People’s Services, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and MA Education, 2013
What are you doing now?
After finishing the MA Education I went onto to study a PGCE in post compulsory education at Sheffield Hallam University for a year. The college where I did my teaching placement (Chesterfield College) employed me in June 2014. So I have been a lecturer in childhood studies since then.
I am now coming to the end of my second year of teaching - I teach levels 2 and 3 as well as having personal tutor responsibilities.
What were the main reasons you took the course?
After finishing my Early Childhood Studies degree with the University of Derby, I decided I wanted to carry on in education. I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do as a career so further study seemed to be the next logical step.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
I had a good experience studying my undergraduate course and the University offered a discount for alumni.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
Studying an MA has had a great impact on my career. I feel that having a level 7 qualification helped me to stand out from the crowd when applying for teaching jobs and gave me the edge over other candidates at job interviews.
I am now also an associate lecturer for the University of Derby, delivering their foundation degrees in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and Children’s and Young People’s Services at Chesterfield College as part of my job. It has made me feel very proud to be representing the University that taught me.
How did the lecturers inspire you?
It was great to hear the perspectives of the lecturers and to gain insights on their valuable knowledge, skills and experiences. I think the most inspiring thing was to hear about education in other countries.
How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?
Having a masters has enabled me to progress in my job and be trusted with higher level responsibilities.
What are your future plans?
I would like to gain more experience teaching HE and then progress into a career in university lecturing. A few of my colleagues have done this so I know it is something that is achievable with experience.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
I would say do it. I have several colleagues who are now studying their MA at the University. I believe that it has opened doors for me so far and will continue to do so in the future, helping me to progress into HE lecturing.
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
Jon White was my Independent Studies tutor on my undergraduate programme and I have been contacting him for information on the Erasmus exchange. I attend Derby for meetings as part of the associate lecturer role and I am also in contact with some of the lecturers and fellow students on LinkedIn.