Caitlin has secured a graduate role as a Science Teacher, after studying Chemistry at Cardiff University. She took the time out to tell us about her application.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I'm very interested in education – Teach First is not just a teaching programme, it puts itself against all the top firms so I am not put in a box. It opens doors so if in the future I diverge from teaching the option is there. Why a science teacher in particular? I have a degree in chemistry, and science has so much potential. It is vital that children learn about it from an early age as it is the future.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
Toughest? Not being afraid to say "this is why I am good at this job" I am on the Bright emailing list for Women Newsletter and it helps to read for inspiration and motivation. One of my favourite things is the Women's Newsletter.
Favourite part: Teaching a 7 minute lesson – this was both scary and fun. The Assessors pretended to be two twelve year old children and put you in a real life teaching scenario. I stayed calm and didn't react to the distractions they created. I stayed focused.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
At the assessment centre Human Behaviour was interesting- the competition was really high. Some people were trying to hide their competitiveness and others were trying to intimidate whilst you're in the room. The tactics of it all was obvious to me and being aware of it helped me to be relaxed.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
1. If you know what programme you want, apply early! 2. Even if it isn't your dream job you're applying for take it seriously and use it as practice. 3. Get to know the graduate recruitment teams, network.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I get there early and I sit outside, have 5 mins to myself - don't look at notes or anything. It really helps me to relax.