Psychology graduate Eloise Facer works as a Trainee Maths Teacher
What did you study and when did you graduate?
Psychology BSc, 2019
Who do you work for and can you describe your role?
Teach First, Trainee Maths Teacher (Secondary)
What’s the best thing about the work you do?
Meeting so many inspiring people and being constantly enthused to do my best.
What’s the most challenging aspect of the work you do?
Not being able to help more in the way I would like to (my end goal is to become an Educational Psychologist).
What are your three top tips for students wanting to become a teacher?
Apply, apply, apply. Don’t get disheartened by rejections; keep going, the right one will accept you. Expect the best from yourself and the best will come. It’s never too early to think about what kind of teacher you want to be.
Which, if any of the careers events we run here at the university, inspired you to apply to Teach First?
I attended a few psychology careers lectures on Tuesdays, and that in turn inspired me to go for a 1-1 meeting with a careers advisor (which I then had loads of and was helped to apply to many graduate schemes and the advisor suggested teach first for me!).
How did your time at university prepare you for your job?
My experience of developmental and educational psychology was invaluable. But more generally, the lifestyle of university provided me with the ideal experiences of getting to know all different kinds of people. University forced me to get organised and be independent, and that is vital as a teacher!
What advice would you give to someone applying to study at Royal Holloway?
Be yourself, and take every opportunity it has to offer. It has so many and the time will fly! Once it’s over you may never see those opportunities again, so get stuck in!