Abigail discusses her career teaching Religious Education at a school in London since graduating

by | Mar 23, 2022 | Alumni/careers, Geography and Global Development, Postgraduate, Religions, Theology and Liberal Arts, Undergraduate | 0 comments

Abigail graduated from our BA Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics course in 2019 and our MSc International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development course in 2020, and is now teaching Religious Education at a school in London.

Why did you originally choose to study your course at Manchester?

“I chose to study my MSc at Manchester because of the Global Development Institute (GDI) which offered important research to the field of study I wanted to enter into.”

Did you always know you wanted to do the career that you’re in? Did your course/time at the University help influence this?

“I did not always want to be a teacher. My course helped me to understand that I wanted to work with students who faced inequalities. This has helped me to see the impact of my work, no matter how small it may seem.”7

How did your course set you up for your career path?

“My course gave me the tools to understand the policies which affect Education in the UK. Recently, many policies are beginning to prioritise the wellbeing of the students more. The MSc has helped me to appreciate that and recognise the areas which require further development.”

What was the most surprising takeaway from your course that’s helped you later in life?

“The study abroad experience from my Undergraduate degree at Manchester is invaluable. My contacts in America have been supportive and have encouraged me to work internationally in the future. I also have some great stories to use when teaching the students about Religion in different countries.”

What advice would you give to a student looking to start your course and/or join the University?

“Throw yourself into the study as much as you can. It is a privilege to study at one of the best universities in the country. Enjoy living in Manchester as well! It is not until you leave that you realise how enriching the experience is.”