I thought, you know what, I want to give teaching a go. I’m still young, I wanted to keep my options open but now I’ve been working since January, at the school, and I’m enjoying it. I wouldn’t say it’s an easy job, and I wouldn’t say it’s hard, but you’re there to safeguard children and make sure they’re behaving at dinner time, and I know the school really well because I went there myself. It’s strange to go back, because some of my teachers are still there! Working as a member of staff there, it’s a whole new experience!
I’m hoping to stay there for a few years and a Teaching Assistant job will crop up, I get told I’m doing my job really well and I’ve worked since January, through a lockdown, and I’ve been doing covid testing too for about five weeks.
I look back and I used to be like the kids I look after, and it’s just nice to get the experience and it could lead to further things in the future. I just want to be able to help the kids out. To be honest, at school I was rubbish at maths and English but now I just want to learn new skills so I can tell people how far I’ve come. I look back now, and I think to myself, how far I’ve come in three years, and getting the support through Julie at Way2Work, that’s helped me a lot.
How has Way2Work helped you?
Julie at Derby Employment Hub helped me to get into voluntary work, and gave me support, she believed in me, she helped me with application forms and she gave me a little bit more confidence, and I like to keep her updated with what I’m doing. I couldn’t imagine going back to my old self, because I’ve come so far, I don’t drink, or smoke weed any more, and I feel so much better about myself. I’m in my own house now, it’s a nice area and there are good people around here.
Have you any advice for people in your position?
My advice to people out there who are struggling, if you don’t get your mindset straight you don’t know what you want to achieve. I thought to myself, you know what, I’m going to set myself some goals. I said, this is where I want to be in seven months time, and it didn’t take me long to go from doing the Aspire course to Julie helping me out, to where I am now. If you set your mind to it and you believe that you can do it, get your head down and get stuck in, I may have messed up back then, but I let go of the past, and now I look to the future, I think positive and stay positive, and I’ve still got goals and I’m going to achieve them.