Meghan Cathcart, Secondary School Teacher, English
Having heard lots of positive reports from friends in Canada, Meghan decided to follow them in making the journey across the ocean to study at Strathclyde. She graduated with a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), specialising in English and History. She is currently teaching English in England but hopes to return to Strathclyde in the future for further study.
Why did you choose to study the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education at Strathclyde?
I chose to study at Strathclyde because it was a change to go abroad and experience a different culture, but still close enough to home that I could easily go back.
I had heard really good things about Strathclyde from fellow Canadians at home, and knowing I wanted to teach in the United Kingdom, it was an easy choice.
Of course, there's also the city of Glasgow. The city is absolutely amazing for students and history buffs alike!
What help did you receive during the application process?
I applied to Strathclyde through an agency called CANTEACH who guided me along the entire process which included ensuring I was fully certified in Canada. I always knew what forms to fill out and what deadlines to meet with their help. Throughout the year and after I completed my programme, I worked directly with CANTEACH who answered any questions I had.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I loved the small and focused classes. In Canada, the programmes accepted so many people. My history course at Strathclyde meant I knew everyone in the class very well - people still keep in touch today! Although we had larger classes to go through some of the broader elements of teaching, our classes were focused to my needs and goals.
What knowledge and skills did you learn studying at Strathclyde?
I think the best part was being able to attend two very different schools in my placement. The range of the experience, and the support I received from my tutor, meant I was able to hone the skills I needed to specifically improve.
How did your course help enhance your career/prepare you for your future career?
Right now I am teaching English south of the boarder in England. Many of my colleagues also attended Strathclyde. During the school year, I was able to attend an interview in person which was very helpful in showcasing my skills in person. My skills from the history programme were transferable.
Did studying at Strathclyde live up to your expectations?
It exceeded my expectations. I now have a job in teaching and had a year I will never forget.
What are your ambitions for the future? How do you think your postgraduate degree, and your time at Strathclyde, will help you achieve your goals?
I'll be returning hopefully to get my Masters in Education at Strathclyde. Right now I'm just trying to get experience under my belt and then I'll choose where to specialise.