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After graduating from her English Literature & History degree at university, Georgia went on to work as a waitress and a national trainer for a popular restaurant chain. However, her passion for education never left her and she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the classroom.
Georgia had volunteered her spare time at university working in a primary school. Reflecting on this inspired her to reach for her career goals and become a qualified Teaching Assistant.
She said: “Throughout my time at university I was volunteering at primary schools as I was thinking about getting into education. I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on experience working in a school.”
She began searching for a suitable course as she needed something flexible to suit her busy schedule, so it allowed her to continue working whilst she studied. After researching various options, Georgia found The Training Room’s eLearning course gave her the flexibility she was looking for.
We asked Georgia to tell us more about her experience in the primary school: “I was working on a 1-2-1 basis with a 5-year old in a local primary school, the student had additional needs as he suffered with attachment issues. My time with him went so well that the school offered me a fixed term contract on a 3-month basis to continue working with him! I’m really proud of the work I’ve done with him and even prouder of the progress he has made. It’s really rewarding being able to make such a difference in a child’s life!”
Georgia began her course and found that she enjoyed the modules about child development the most. She says: “I found the sections about working with attachment issues particularly interesting as it connected directly with my placement.
One key example of this was with transitional objects; for example, I remember a time when the child I was working with accidentally hit his head. He got really upset and didn’t want to go home. To help him, I created a transitional object for him, (it was my umbrella as it was the only thing I had spare at the time I explained to him that it was magical and I needed him to look after it), and as I gave it to him, he associated it with me, which really helped him out. I was thrilled to be able to help!”
It’s no surprise that so many people are retraining for a career in education when you hear such lovely stories like this, it just goes to show how essential the role of a Teaching Assistant is!
After successfully graduating from her Teaching Assistant course, we caught up with Georgia to find out how she had been getting on.
“I was completing my 3-month fixed term with the little boy when a job at the school came up! The headteacher approached me and offered me a role as a Teaching Assistant with the year 6’s thanks, in part, to recently graduating from my course with The Training Room. I jumped at the chance and although it is challenging from time-to-time, I’m really enjoying it!”
She continues by telling us about her long-term plans for her teaching career: “My role as a Teaching Assistant is more of a stepping stone than a forever role.
Ever since I graduated from university, I have toyed with the idea of becoming a fully qualified teacher, and after working as a TA I now know that I want to work as a Primary school teacher.
I want to work with younger children so that’s either KS1 or early development. The course has really helped me with this as before my placement I always thought I would prefer working with KS2 and older primary students, but on my placement, I got to work with children in early development and I loved it, so I knew going forward this was what I wanted to do.”
We’re so thrilled to hear that Georgia has had so much success after graduating her course and is well on her way to achieving her dreams of becoming a teacher!
We asked Georgia is she had any advice for anyone wanting to get into teaching support, and she said: “Volunteer wherever you can! You’ll learn so much working in a classroom. If you choose to do the course, make the most of your placement because you really connect a lot of what you learn in the classroom to the course materials.”
If, like Georgia, you are ready to commit to your future and take the steps towards a career in education, take a look at our Teaching Assistant course:
Been a massive help! Cannot wait to start my course.
Alexander Alfred Carr
I had the most amazing experience with the training room. Very informative, extremely helpful and I would really love to thank Steve and Charlotte in particular.
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Man who I spoke to on phone , very friendly, knowledgeable, kind and encouraging
Very informative, went through every detail and made sure I knew everything
No problems throughout and happy with the service
The training room staff made it easy to sign on and outlined everything clearly. Whenever I required additional clarification, emails and calls were responded to quickly and efficiently. Since signing onto my level 3 PT course I have recieved amazing support from help with assignments to career support. I would highly reccomended using this group if you are looking to develop your career.
Andrew John Manser
So far I have had a wonderful service thanks to ‘Lewis March’. He has explained everything so well and offered his best. Can’t wait to complete my course.
Sukhpreet Kaur Gill
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Robert Donald Joyce
I have just begun the Teaching Assistant online course at The Traning Room and I really appreciate how helpful they have been in providing me with all the necessary information and have been very kind and polite in clearing all my doubts and queries. Thank you !
PAMELA Kenneth Rocha FERNANDES
Explained everything really clearly and made the whole experience very appealing and worthwhile. I shall certainly recommend The Training Room to my friends or anyone looking a career change.
Up to now everything seems to be going well. The learning platform is easy to navigate, whenever I have been contacted they have always been really helpful and friendly. I'm not long into but all seems well. So glad I decided to go ahead and do it.
Stacey Marie Mitchell
I spoke to a gentleman called Tim who was incredibly helpful. Tim answered all my questions and queries and guided me through the process exceptionally well. Everyone has been incredibly kind and informative.
If you are looking for a change in career then I would definitely recommend them.
What a great way to get into studying. Had all my questions answered before I even asked them and the warmth of Rea explaining everything step by step was just exactly what I needed. I’m a mum of two and homeschooling takes a lot of time but the course is pretty straight forward and easy to learn. You get help from your tutor, mine is Egwolo, pretty much in an instant and you are confident this is what you need to shape your future. What are you waiting for?! Get studying and start your career today!!!!
I’ll recommend training room to who ever wants to start a PT career.
I want to thank James Flint for help me and for the patient he had with me.
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