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Charlotte Butler

Career Path: Teacher of Social Science, Knutsford Academy
Location: Knutsford, UK

I come from a small village near Knutsford in Cheshire. When I graduated from Northumbria I moved to Ethiopia to work with a charity teaching English. Upon returning home all I missed was teaching. The feeling you get from seeing a child 'click' and understand, and the excitement on their face is the best feeling in the world. It's a career that you can really see the benefits of all the work you put in and no day is ever the same.

What are you doing now?

I am currently in the Enrichment phase (final stage) of my PGCE Social Sciences with Citizenship at Manchester Metropolitan University.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria and my course opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities to which I could explore. I learnt lifelong skills that I use everyday and made friends for life, from all over the world.

What was the best thing about your course?

Our seminar group became like a family, with inseparable friends and great friendships with our course leaders. Not forgetting the best memories of my life.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

My friend Edith from my course inspired me the most, as despite a very difficult final year with her mother being terminally ill, she persevered through our final year and succeeded, achieving fantastic results.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

All my knowledge of BSc (Hons) Sociology & Criminology I learnt on my course I use everyday in teaching A-level Sociology.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I loved the seminars as the tutors were fantastic and it gave us all a chance to learn through discussion and debate. I also think the 24-hour library helped us all, especially the cafe when working through the night. Also all the friends I made, both students and tutors.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

If you would like to go to a university that will support you, push you and guide you and that is rich in culture and diversity, Northumbria is the place for you.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

The optimum university.

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