Rachel Murray studied PE and Sports Sciences with QTS at Newman University and graduated in 1996. But she then went on to do so much! She tells her story…
I’ve had a range of careers since graduating from Newman University
My original career plans were to go into teaching. After graduating, I taught in primary schools for 13 years. I then went on to work in HM Prison Service teaching Mathematics and English. From there, I became a Course Leader / Developer in Further Education teaching Sports Sciences and Sports Therapy as by this time I had qualified as a Sports Therapist and was working with football, rugby and cricket teams. I worked as Head of Department in Secondary Scools in the PE departments whilst also covering PSHE and Citizenship. After this, I went on to teach in Canada for a few years.
I decided to take a break from teaching and retrained as a Midwife
In 2009, I decided to train as a Midwife and also completed a Public Health Master’s degree. I currently work as a Midwife / Health Visitor (public health specialist) and Independent Nurse Prescriber in the NHS.
The teaching skills I learnt at Newman – curriculum planning, development, differentiation, assessments etc. are all utilised in my day-to-day work
As well as my day-to-day-job, I am also a Practice Mentor and I regularly teach midwifery and public health across Africa, most recently in Liberia at the request of their government. My long term plan is to come full circle and return to teaching as a university lecturer in midwifery and public health. Every aspect of my current roles involves teaching clinically, academically and across health disciplines.
In future I would like to return to teaching
Rather than in schools and with my original/initial degree qualification at university as a lecturer in my subsequent subjects I’d like to teach midwifery and public health. My experience is that as a qualified teacher, assuming good subject knowledge you can teach anything and it doesn’t have to be the subject(s) or direction you originally anticipated your career following.
Advice to students graduating from Newman this year is to…
Be open to possibilities – a degree is a good foundation to any career, but doesn’t necessarily mean your future career will be entirely based on the degree that you completed. Don’t be afraid to change direction and utilise the transferable skills that you have gained.