Today our blog is provided by another of our GSM Alumni teaching fellows. What follows is an engaging example how careers can develop when we seize the opportunities that life presents us with.
As a child I was very sporty individual, I played enjoyed many sports including, football and athletics, both of which all I competed at local and county level. However football was the one sport for which I had the most passion. Between the ages of 11 to 16 and after being scouted from my borough team of Ealing, I was fortunate enough to play for the Chelsea academy based in Cobham. However when I unfortunately didn’t get offered a professional contract I turned my attention to education, Initially I attended Hammersmith College where I studied business studies for 3 years following which I applied for university. As it was the closest institution to my house and also the most interesting course I applied to study Oil & Gas Management at GSM London. It was also important to me to combine my studies with my job at a luxury menswear company called Duchamp London. Things were looking up!
Through my work at Duchamp London as a personal stylist and customer service assistant, I gained crucial skills in customer service, team work and organisation skills. Further work followed at SuitSupply as a suit designer in high end luxury fashion for fashions shows and for the clients in the entertainment industry, although I loved the retail industry, I not feel it provided me with a sufficient challenge at an academic level.
In my final year of education at GSM one of my lecturers recommended that I apply for the Teaching Fellow program. I was certainly interested and was keen to find out more. The thought of working in higher education interested me as I had been the first person in my family to attend higher education, and it had certainly motivated my younger sisters so follow in my footsteps. My parents are very proud of my achievement, and in the future I hope to continue studying and develop into a senior lecturer role as I can now see higher education as a real career for me. I hope to also complete my PhD at some point in the energy sector, and use the knowledge I will gain to provide consultation for energy firms specifically in the renewable industry sector.