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SEPTEMBER 11TH 2017

Teacher credits her career to volunteering

Becky Carter with cadets from the Nottingham unit

Becky Carter with cadets from the Nottingham unit

A history teacher from Nottingham has explained how volunteering with the Sea Cadets sparked her ambition to go into the education profession.

Becky Carter, aged 28, an adult volunteer with Nottingham Sea Cadets, toyed with the idea of going into the Royal Navy when she was younger before discovering a love of teaching others in her voluntary role. 

Becky, who works as a secondary school teacher at The Farnborough Academy, Clifton, said: “I’d spent many happy hours as a cadet myself and had developed a real interest in undertaking a career in the Navy, but I knew that whatever happened I wanted to go to university first.” 

Adult volunteer Becky Carter Nottingham Sea Cadets

Adult volunteer Becky Carter

As soon as she hit 18, Becky decided to become an adult volunteer helping young people from 10 to 18 years to learn a variety of subjects such as sailing, kayaking, outdoor pursuits and other nautical-based training on and off shore, and has now achieved the rank of Sub Lieutenant in the Sea Cadets.  

Becky continued: “I’ve always enjoyed history so it was a good option for me to combine by academic knowledge with the practical skills I had learnt in the Cadet Force to become a teacher rather than going into the military. 

“When I went for my initial interview for my teaching position, I felt that I had lots of examples about how I had worked with children and young people and how I had organised and carried out a variety of activities with them through the Sea Cadets. My volunteering also helped me to demonstrate all of the ‘soft skills’ I had learnt too like team-working, decision making, interpersonal and problem-solving skills as well as my trustworthiness and dedication to carrying out my duties.” 

Becky has also had the opportunity to complete a number of courses through her voluntary role which have assisted her in the workplace in resolving conflicts and managing a team of people. 

She concluded: “Last year my manager was on maternity leave so I was asked to step in as acting head of department, which was a great opportunity. Although initially I did find my new role a little daunting at first, I was able to use my knowledge of leading a team of volunteers at my Sea Cadet unit so that gave me a head start in carrying out my new responsibilities to a good standard.

“I am really passionate about volunteering and would recommend giving it a go to anyone who is interested in working with young people either on a professional or voluntary basis. One of the main things I have taken from the experience is how to engage my students and make them feel as enthusiastic about subjects as I am.”

“I am really passionate about volunteering and would recommend giving it a go to anyone who is interested in working with young people either on a professional or voluntary basis. One of the main things I have taken from the experience is how to engage my students and make them feel as enthusiastic about subjects as I am.”