Jasmine Nicolette Hughes
Current Employer/Organisation Name
Greenshaw High School
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I did a PGCE in Modern Languages also at Exeter and since then I have been working as a French and Spanish teacher at Greenshaw High School in South London. I have recently been involved in improving the diversity of our curriculum.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I wanted to use my languages in my career and also make a difference to people’s lives. Each day is different at school and I know that I am making a difference to the children I teach.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
I was vice president of the Hispanic Society I was also a member of French society, Erasmus Society, Bodysoc and Xpression FM.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
The year abroad was definitely a highlight for me, my languages skills improved a lot during this time and I met so many interesting people. There was also a variety of different modules to choose from, meaning that there was always an opportunity to study something different.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The modern languages tutors were really inclusive and made you feel welcome in seminars and able to speak to them if you had queries. The groups in languages were also quite small meaning that you were able to get to know other people on the course quite easily.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
I really liked the idea of studying at a campus university as it gives you a sense of unity with the other students.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Time management skills – there is always a lot of things to be doing in teaching so it is important that you can manage your time effectively.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Get some classroom experience and decide whether teaching is the right career for you. Talk to teachers and find out what their workload is like. Ensure that you fully research teacher training courses beforehand.
What are your plans for the future?
Continue teaching and look for opportunities for progression in my career.