I qualified as a teacher in 1986 and taught maths for 2 years in a large comprehensive school. People often ask why I left teaching and expect me to say I didn't like it; in fact I loved it and fully intended to go back. I just felt that I had only really experienced education and wanted to try my hand at jobs in the real world. I probably won't go back to school-based teaching, but I do very much enjoy training clients to maintain their websites.
I gained an MSc in Information Technology and worked in IT in both the private and public sectors for the next 11 years in various positions including software developer, technical support consultant and database consultant. After the birth of my second son, and as my new-millenium resolution, I decided to try and develop a much more flexible career. Web design seemed the ideal choice as it was new, exciting and creative. Best of all, I could easily work from home.
Fast forward to now and I have a thriving business creating websites for local small businesses. I also have a high-profile role in medical data management for an international scientific group based at University College London.
BSc Honours Mathematics (University of Southampton, 1985)
PGCE Mathematics (University of Southampton, 1986)
MSc Information Technology (University College London, 1989)
Advanced CSS (Webcredible, 2013)
Advanced Microsoft Access (Best STL, 2014)
Responsive Design (Web Design Academy, 2015)
Of course, it is possible nowadays to teach yourself a multitude of technical skills using materials freely available on the internet. I do this all the time as and when I need to. The courses shown above are the official teacher-led classroom courses I have attended.
I live in Teddington with my partner Bill, our 2 sons, 2 cats and a dog. I spend most of my spare time doing one or the other of my two passions ... cycling and singing. And if I am honest, I am often to be found at the computer "finishing something off".