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Muskat Manwani

Tokyo, Japan

PGCE Education (DL)

Muskan Manwani’s passion for education is what led her to pursue a career change, enrolling onto the PGCE Education (DL) course at Sunderland. Since graduating, she’s stepped up into the role of homeroom teacher, which she was able to do due to the knowledge and skills she developed on the course.

After completing my undergraduate degree, I knew I was interested in both education and corporate work, and since I already had experience as an intern in education, I chose to pursue a more corporate job. However, I soon realised my passion for education was stronger, which is why I decided to go back to university to study for a postgraduate qualification before changing careers.

I chose to study at the University of Sunderland as I’d heard they provide an excellent course for those who are looking to move into teaching from a different career. Another thing that motivated me to study here was that I found out that the school I was working at employed previous graduates from Sunderland.

My favourite part of the PGCE Education (DL) course was all the support I received from my personal academic tutor, as well as the community of other students. I was able to learn a lot from all of them and I felt strongly supported throughout my journey. The action cycles process of the course also showed me how to systematically reflect on my own practice and performance, which is one of the key aspects of the degree that’s stuck with me.

Before obtaining my PGCE, I was working as a trainee teacher, and once I graduated, I was promoted to a homeroom teacher. The upper management of the school saw qualities in me that they were looking for – since my local mentor was part of this team, they knew I was now well-equipped to take the next step in my career, which was all thanks to the course.

To any applicants who might be considering coming to the University of Sunderland to study, I’d say that although the process is intense – especially if you’re studying for the PGCE Education – you can be assured that the staff will all be there for you, ready to support you in any way you need to ensure the best outcome for you.

My journey at Sunderland has been a highly rewarding experience that has shaped me well for my future career goals.”

Published 10 January 2024

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