I have thought very hard about teaching, but have heard so many negative stories from people already in the profession that I am quite concerned that I may just be landing myself with a situation as bad as the NHS one. I have arranged some work experience for after I finish here, and if that goes well I will probably look for a part-time teaching assistant post until I can apply for a PCGE - I think that will be the best test of all. I'm hoping the OU pull their finger out and set up a primary PGCE course sometime soon!
Regarding other options, and my interests / skills, I think I would describe myself as a "mediochre polymath" or as my mum puts it, "jack of all trades, master of none"
. I did science A levels, biology at uni, and I have a PhD in molecular genetics. But I could just have easily done history, art and english lit for A level, or french, maths and economics....I sort of just tossed a coin as I really didn't have a strong desire to become a scientist, but I was advised that science held the best future job prospects.
I think that's why so many people have said primary teaching would be ideal for me now - I'm good at lots of things such as maths, english, history / geography, science, art / craft, music
(although I know I wouldn't be good enough to teach it exclusively - I must have a better understanding than many primary school teachers, judging by the fact that the first question almost every school I have contacted asks is, do you play the piano?). I've considered seconday teaching too (science / biology is the only option open there, due to my degree content) so will also do some work experience in secondary schools. I do plenty of lecturing to uni students, conference / course delegates, and at patient and public education events so I'm quite happy standing up in front of people and having to spout forth
However I'd like some ideas about other, less conventional jobs that would use my other skills - e.g. I am organised / methodical, I like problem-solving, I'm happy to drive as part of my job, and I like creating things. Genealogy is one of my hobbies; I also like cake decorating and making soft toys, fancy dress costumes and crafty things - but I can't see how to make a decent living out of those
The only thing I'm really no good at is sport; although I have been learning to ice skate for the past few months, and I can ride a horse, I doubt I'd be offered a place on the Olympic teams for either!! Perhaps I could get a job on the England cricket team?
One thing that was suggested to me recently which quite appealed, just to give you an idea of how off-the-wall I am prepared to go, was to set up a business (I think you can buy them as franchises) travelling round maternity wards or baby clinics making baby footprints and handprints in little clay plaques (with the parents' permission of course
) as keepsakes, or gifts for grandparents....
Hmm, maybe I need to go on a course on writing concisely!! So I won't bore you all any more - any other ideas or opinions gratefully received