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Carly Mcleary

Career Path: Primary School Teacher
Location: Blyth, UK

I completed my undergraduate degree at Northumbria and graduated with a first in Psychology in 2017. The opportunities for teaching to make up twenty credits of my degree gave me the experience to get onto my PGCE. I always wanted to work with children and being a teacher is extremely rewarding. Now in my second qualified year I’m already a subject lead and taking on more responsibility.

What are you doing now?Carly Mcleary

I’m a primary school teacher and art subject lead.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I liked Northumbria’s flexibility and having my course accredited by the University allowed me to use all of their excellent facilities.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Northumbria was a really supportive University for both my postgraduate and undergraduate there was a good mix between tutorials, lectures and small group sessions. Feedback was always helpful and constructive.

How connected was your course with industry?

The SCITT course was extremely connected with industry as the majority of the course was spent in and out of schools and working with potential employers.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

Placements were the most important part of my course I now teach a year group I did a placement with and the experience was invaluable.

What was the best thing about your course?

The supportive team and work opportunities.

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

Northumbria and my course allowed me to obtain the first job I applied/interviewed for.

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

Every skill and lecture helped shaped my practice.

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

The social aspects and the career opportunities.

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

It’s a brilliant University and it feels the right fit for you, go for it!

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

Valuable, enriching and enjoyable

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