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Case Study: Susan

Personal details
Degree:BSc Hons Maths and Stats Profile picture
School(s): School of Mathematics and Statistics
Year of Graduation:Jun-1995
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National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Albyn School, Aberdeen
Job title: Head of Careers/Teacher of Maths
Occupational Sector: Teaching
What has been your route to getting your current position?
  • Completed PGCE in Aberdeen 1995-1996
  • Started work at Albyn August 1996 as Maths teacher
  • Became Head of Careers August 2008
What does your job involve ?
  • Teaching full range of Maths courses, S1 – S6
  • Teaching Careers PSE S2 – S6
  • Advising pupils on subject and higher education choices Helping pupils complete UCAS and job applications
  • Writing UCAS and job references
What are the best bits of your job ?
  • Seeing pupils understand a bit of Maths they hadn’t understood before
  • Helping pupils get where they want to be in the future
  • Getting to know pupils and seeing them develop as they go through school.
Why were you successful?
Getting involved in lots of things when I started out in teaching – the pupils respond much better when you know them outwith the classroom as well. You also get much more out of it.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Teaching Advanced Higher Maths has required the recall of some bits of first year Maths.

My experience of being at university and having loved it means I can pass on my positive experience to the pupils, particularly those interested in St Andrews.

What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Teaching is not an easy option – the holidays might be long but you work very hard the rest of the time. Your evenings and weekends are not your own. However if you’re up for hard work and a challenge and want to make a difference to at least some children’s lives then go for it!