This time last year I was 100% certain that I wanted to be a primary school teacher, now I just don’t know any more…
I knew that I wanted to teach and be a positive difference on young people from around the age of 14. I didn’t particularly enjoy secondary school and I just wanted to go back to the easy, fun and exciting primary school days. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to be a primary school teacher. I wrote my personal statement over the summer, went to the uni open days for my course and I was still really keen and certain that this was the direction that I wanted to head in.
However, recently I’ve been thinking. Is that really want I want to do? I have been babysitting since I was 14 and I am volunteering every week at a local primary school; yes I enjoy it, but I just don’t know if I can see a future in this career. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and being a influential role model but I don’t know if it’s what I want to do any more.
From my first Sociology lesson at A Level I loved it and I particularly enjoyed the education section at AS. This got me thinking. What if instead of doing a degree in Primary Education I did a combined honours in Education Studies and Sociology? I did my research and the courses sounded amazing! They seemed so much more interesting and I wanted to start a course asap.
But I keep thinking that it’s too late to change my mine, even though nothing needs to be in until January but being the organised, scheduled person that I am, I don’t like to change my mind last minute as this causes me to panic about the stupidest things.
Anyway, I’ll keep you updated with what I end up doing (I changed my mind about doing a gap year, I know typical me but I’m going to do a more detailed post about that later) and please let me know if you have any advice. Should I do a Primary Education degree because I’ve wanted to be a teacher for a long time? Or should I do a joint Education/Sociology degree because I can always do a PGCE afterwards and if I’m not 100% committed will I put all of the work in? Or should I wait a year to apply so that my gap year will help me make a decision about what I want to do? Help!!