After completing A-Levels in English Language, Physical Education and Psychology at Franklin College, I went on to study Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. I was initially unsure what I wanted to become, but after realising that kicking a football around a field wasn’t going to earn me a living, I thought the next best thing would be to write about my passion instead.
During my time at university, I gained experience working with the BBC (at their MediaCity studios in Salford), Scunthorpe United Football Club and a student magazine based in Sheffield. Although, at times, it was difficult to balance work experience with my studies, these opportunities were invaluable. For example, the time I spent as a Media Assistant at Scunthorpe United FC was the basis for my final year Applied Project; a piece of work I was awarded for at my graduation ceremony.
Following my degree, I returned to Franklin College as a Progress Coach. After a year in the job, I decided that I wanted to become a teacher and began studying a PGCE alongside working full-time. A number of the skills I had developed on my degree related to those that are essential within the teaching profession, such as both written and verbal communication.
Whilst undertaking the PGCE, I also successfully auditioned to become a pundit for a local weekly sports television programme on Estuary TV. This role developed and I eventually became a presenter for a spin-off football show. Again, the qualities I enhanced during my undergraduate studies proved extremely beneficial for undertaking this position.
In January 2016, whilst still studying my PGCE, I was employed as a Media teacher at Franklin and remained in this capacity until April 2017, before moving to my current position as a KS3 teacher at Phoenix Park Academy; a pupil referral unit in Grimsby. Franklin College has certainly shaped my future and had a positive impact on my life, both during my time as a student and as an employee.