After 30 Years In The Engineering Industry, Neil Collier Has Found His Passion For Teaching
After 30 years of working as an engineer, within different areas of the industry, Neil Collier fancied a career change and has now found his passion for teaching; “I thought, right, I’m teaching. This is what I want to do”.
Neil had previously worked across various specialties such as welding, fabrication, and mechanical fitting. He had worked within the industry since he left school but felt he needed a change, “it had got as far as it was going, and I was getting really fed up with it”. This is when Neil saw the opportunity to join the engineering teaching team at Peterborough College, and decided to apply; “the job popped up, and I thought, well, I’ve got no teaching experience what so ever but I’ll put my CV in, and see how it goes”.
Neil has now been a lecturer for several months, and has loved every minute of it; “I started in September, spent a day in the classroom with the kids, and thought right, I’m teaching. This is what I want to do”. Neil continued, “It’s a really good feeling – you’re encouraging these kids to go and do something worthwhile. It’s good to give them all a push to be better than they think they can be, for most of them it’s confidence”.
For anyone coming into a position without a teaching background, the College gives you all of the support and training you would need, Neil explained “My teacher training starts in February, and that’s all funded for me… The support has been fantastic, they’re investing in me. I came in, with no real idea about how this works, but the team has been absolutely brilliant and supportive”.
Neil couldn’t encourage people more to push themselves outside of their comfort zone; “I would tell anybody to come do it, even if it is different to what they’re used to”. Neil supported this with, “Because you’ve got industry background, coming into this is a lot easier than people think it’s going to be. It’s not a school, these kids are older and a lot are apprentices so they’re being paid to be here”.
If you’re interested in making a career change, and getting into teaching, please visit the IEG website to view available vacancies.