Pathways Profiles

Emily Brown

Class of 2003

First Steps
When I started as a student at Pacific I was really unsure where college would take me and I was overwhelmed with all the possible career choices. I knew I wanted to see more of the world before settling down and I had an interest in Social Sciences. I tried to enroll in a wide variety of courses in my first year and was very open to all areas of study.

Choices/Challenges
I finished my degree at Pacific with a double major in Spanish and Anthropology/Sociology with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

I chose to major in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish because I enjoyed the course work and the professors inspired me. I developed a genuine interest in Anthropology and found obvious links to Spanish and language development. I am fascinated by the development of culture and trying to understand why people think the different ways they do. My minor in Peace and Conflict Studies developed through volunteer work and priceless experiential learning.

Finding A Pathway
I would say my various experiences at Pacific prepared me for life. When I graduated I did not step directly onto any career path but again I felt I wanted to explore the choices available to me at the time. I believe my service learning and intercultural experiences gave me self-confidence to meet people and take chances that could be seen as risks. I gained an understanding of life as an adventure and a learning experience and if things don’t turn out I could try again and again. After leaving Pacific I travelled a bit and returned to Idaho and worked in sales and the travel industry. I moved to Scotland in 2004 and have worked in a few different jobs. I’ve worked as a waitress, receptionist, classroom assistant, in a printing firm and in the voluntary sector. Trying different jobs let me decide what was and wasn’t for me.

In the end I love working in schools and I decided to pursue a career in education. I researched my choices and enrolled in a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education (PGDE) at the University of Glasgow. It was a difficult year; I commuted from home every week, finances were stretched and the course work was very demanding. Initially I was worried about the difference between a Scottish University and Pacific but I found I was well prepared and in a lot of ways an education in the Liberal Arts had given me a better understanding and perspective than some of the other students.

Success
I finished the course in June of 2007 and though there is a probationary teaching year for European student I did not qualify for a job straight away. I worked as a substitute for the first term exploring different schools, improving my practice and looking for full time jobs. I interviewed for three jobs and I will be starting in two local schools full time after the fall break.

In the immediate future I would like to find a teaching position with a permanent contract and just live for a while. Further down the line I would like to pursue a master’s in education and language development and I would like to teach in other places. The general teaching council for Scotland has an exchange program with Malawi that I would like to explore or possibly return to Idaho to teach.

Highlights
My husband and I are celebrating our three-year anniversary in October.