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Student Stories

Joanna Harris

BA (Hons) Education Studies


From working full time in finance as a team manager, I decided to follow my dream career of becoming a teacher. I knew that I would have to sacrifice a full-time wage to achieve my goal. By leaving all that I had known for the last eight years to pursue my ambition of being a teacher, I began volunteering within a school and working part time during evenings and weekends.

I obtained a place on the Early Years Foundation Degree at West Kent College and began my higher education journey. Initially, the thought of returning to education after eight years was extremely daunting and I doubted my ability to be able to write in an academic style. I developed a strong interest in education and by applying the knowledge gained through lectures and putting it in to practice, I became more confident in myself as an educator. As a result of this, the school approached me to apply for a Teaching Assistant position. This was an enormous step closer to my career aspiration of becoming a teacher. Without the knowledge gained on the degree the opportunities and professional prospects would not have been achievable. On completion of the two-year Foundation Degree, I graduated with First Class Honours. Having the support of the lecturers and their belief in my ability made my educational journey attainable. I would not have achieved this without them. I had never imagined when embarking on my new journey into education I would complete the two years with a First-Class Honours degree and be employed within a school!

Although, I felt so close to becoming a teacher, I knew that the final year would get me even closer.  I choose to continue my studies by applying for a place on the BA (Hons) Education Studies at West Kent College. I was granted a place and I am now half way through the academic year! Throughout this course the lectures have been inspiring and influential to my teaching approach.  In particular, the lecturers themselves provided outstanding levels of support which has been incredible.

Throughout this course the lectures have been inspiring and influential to my teaching approach.