We are continuing with our series showcasing the incredible impact our Graduates are having in schools as part of our Step into Teaching programme. This week, meet Hasmita!
When Hasmita graduated last year, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career working with young people in the education sector and was keen to gain some experience in a classroom setting. i-teachers consultant Holly found Hasmita a wonderful role as an SEN Teaching Assistant at a fantastic Secondary School at the start of this year. We recently got in touch to see how she was getting on!
What does your day-to-day role involve?
Most of Hasmita’s time is spent in the classroom working with students on a 1:1 and small group basis. “As an SEN Teaching Assistant, I support children who need that bit of extra help in the classroom, such as children with Autism. During lesson time I support students on a 1:1 basis helping with their writing, reading, and working out. I also make time to create resources which stimulate cognitive activity, such as games and puzzles”.
How is your role preparing you for your future career?
Hasmita knew after graduating that she wanted to pursue a career working with young people and says that her current role has both consolidated this for her and given her the skills to move forward with her career path. “My role has given me the opportunity to work with young people on a close basis. I now feel confident in communicating with young people and know how to best accommodate their needs. I’m more aware of how I can adapt resources to best suit individuals and have also gained a much wider understanding of mental health which I can’t wait to take forward into my future career”.
How was your experience working with i-teachers?
“I have loved my experience with i-teachers. My consultant Holly has been amazing and has gone above and beyond to help me. She was so supportive through the whole process and was amazing and helping to prep me for interview! I’m so glad that I signed up for i-teachers – I never imagined getting this much support!”.
What advice would you give to someone looking for or starting a role like yours?
Hasmita’s advice to anyone going into a similar role would be to keep an open mind! “Stay open minded and just enjoy the experience! Expect the unexpected and just embrace all the opportunities that come your way”.
Hasmita’s testimonial is another great demonstration of what our ‘step into teaching’ programme is all about. There are so many options when it comes to teacher training that it can be confusing choosing which path to take. You may not want to commit to a teaching career when you have never experienced life as a teacher. This is where our ‘step into teaching’ programme comes in. Our experienced consultants place graduates in a paid teaching assistant position perfectly suited to your skill set, in a school that suits your personality. i-teachers’ friendly consultants are always with you every step of the way!