Returning to study was a challenge for mum-of-three Irena Sugarevski, but with the right support she found her feet, and with the right placement, her dream job.
During one of my placements I did some team-teaching with another student teacher, and we were both offered jobs at the end of it!
Before I enrolled at VU, I decided to stay at home and raise my young children. I could not have achieved everything I have without support from my husband, family, and VU lecturers.
VU’s support services were also invaluable. As part of my course, I had to pass a maths test, so to brush up on my skills I attended workshops at the library. They ran at lunchtime and were available to all students.
My new position is part-time and at a local independent school – exactly what I set out to achieve. I truly believe my placements enabled me to become the teacher I am today – without them I don’t think this job would have been offered to me.
Placement is precious!”