Graduating from the BA Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status (Early Years) course in 2011, unlocked a career that has taken alumna Nikhat Jerath across the world.
Originally from India, Nikhat is a true global citizen having lived and studied in Moscow, Russia, during her teenage years, before joining Liverpool Hope as an international student.
She said: “I came to Liverpool Hope after getting excellent feedback about the quality of the course content and pedagogy; and my mother – Misba Jerath also studied at the University, undertaking a PGCE Primary. She is now teaching at Lycée Français de Delhi, India.”
While at Hope, Nikhat embraced the community spirit. She was a Student Ambassador, Mentor and Advocate with Aimhigher Merseyside and the widening participation project, as well as a member of the Liverpool Hope University Choir. Nikhat also volunteered as a Senior Resident Tutor in the University’s halls of residence, and chose to stay in the local area while she completed her newly qualified teaching year (NQT).
With her first role as a primary teacher under her belt, Nikhat relocated to London to continue her career, before making the leap to a larger international setting in Greece.
Having worked in British international schools in Athens, Beijing, and Belgrade, Nikhat’s latest role will take her to Mesaieed International School in Doha, Qatar – a school owned and funded by Qatar Petroleum.
“Teaching is not only fulfilling, but also my passport to the world,” said Nikhat. “I like to be challenged and always seek advice from my Head before deciding when and where to try next. My five-year goal is to become a Head of Early Years or a Head of Primary. There are plenty of professional development opportunities if you are prepared to be nimble and agile, to seize opportunities, and be flexible and adaptable to go with the change and ‘sharpen your saw’ all the time.”