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Making the transition into teaching;
Katie Rigarlsford

What did you do before becoming a teacher?

I was a regional business development manager. I ran university business centres and worked on the regional development agenda with local councils and strategic business partners. 

What inspired you to get into teaching?

I love working with young people, education and making a difference. I have built numerous skills in my previous career which I think will be useful in the classroom including relationship management, communication and risk management. 

How has Transition to Teach supported you so far? 

Transition to Teach has given me a useful personality profile, continuing professional development including resilience workshops throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, mentoring and great support for job interviews which really made a difference and helped to build my confidence at interviews. 

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

In teaching - and I am happy to go at whatever pace it takes me, whether I progress to leadership or just enjoy my time in the classroom. 

Finally, sum up your experience for us!

The Transition to Teach team have been very positive and professional. It has been great to have the additional support to call on as needed. My Guidance and Development Adviser was a true expert and really helped me in preparing for interview and securing a job.