Tom graduated from Newcastle University in with a 2.1 honours degree in History. During his time studying he also captained a university cricket team, performed in several theatrical productions and took on various responsibilities within the History department. It was the Aimhigher Associates program which inspired Tom to pursue a career in education. The scheme offered the opportunity to work in a local school in one of the more economically deprived areas of Gateshead, running workshops which were aimed at raising the aspirations of secondary school children, encouraging them to pursue further education.
“After leaving university I initially joined a large retail Area Manager graduate scheme, I quickly came to realise that the job could never offer me the fulfilment that working with, and inspiring young people had during my time at university. Leaving was a slightly terrifying decision at the time but I haven’t regretted it for a moment.
Explore Learning is a fantastic company to work for where I have been made to feel genuinely valued. The role is hugely varied and all the training I have had invested in me makes the role hugely rewarding. The amount of training and support from both from my direct managers, and from head office has been exceptional; whilst there is a steep learning curve there has never been a hint of a ‘sink or swim’ attitude towards my development.
Explore Learning has offered me the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills within a forum that means I can make a difference every day. I have recently helped to launch a new centre in Crouch End and the chance to get to know children and parents from the very start has been fantastic. While some days can be tough I never go home without the feeling that I have achieved something positive and I look forward to the start of every day.”