“I was working in an environmental monitoring laboratory before switching to becoming a Chemistry teacher. I was happy enough but felt I had much more to offer, and I missed interacting with people. I absolutely made the right choice; the biggest difference has definitely been job satisfaction. It is so fulfilling to celebrate your pupils’ achievements, even the smallest victories. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly feel the need for holidays when term ends, but I love my job and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

“If you’re thinking of becoming a teacher, spend some time observing at your local school and see if you could juggle the demands. It took me a while to adjust to the routine of the bell, but you quickly realise that every class and every day is different; that is one of my favourite things about the job.”

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