Thomas Lowe

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Teacher Trainee
Subject of study: Mathematics
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

University of Exeter

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I choose teaching because it felt like one of the most noble jobs I could do. I have had a particularly positive experience during my education at multiple stages and teaching is a way that I hope I can create even more positive experiences. What I have enjoyed so far, is the feeling that I really am helping school pupils with their development as they grow up.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Xpression FM, Ultimate Frisbee, Gym, Chess, Punchline and my favourite Karate.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The challenge, it is such a fulfilling feeling to believe that no matter what obstacles come my way, I should be able to over come them. It was also the way I felt myself developing my professional skills, in terms of networking and cooperating in a professional and sensible manner with multiple people.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Meeting so many amazing people, finding a society that I truly enjoy and completing my studies proud of my dissertation.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

A great university that I knew I would be happy with.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Being content with what you know and knowing when to ask for help and how to articulate your own issues to solve problems as well as effectively working with others. Another useful skill has been learning how to cope with lots of challenging work and with such work, how to keep to deadlines.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Go to careers meetings early on to find out if you are doing all that you can to build your CV. I did lots of volunteering in the summer holiday because I enjoyed it. That is why I choose to pursue this career.

What are your plans for the future?

To become a teacher and as the years pass on, maybe progress into other positions that help make bigger change than what I alone can do.


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