The opportunity to connect with my students, the prospect of positively influencing their views, and the sheer thrill of "performing" in class was addictive. An instance that truly convinced me of this vocation is when I witnessed my students work hard at succeeding in the 'O' level Cambridge examinations then see them move on to bigger and better things. This alone gave me unprecedented satisfaction.
Because of this modest achievement, I realised I wanted to do more and to explore my full potential. I began to dream of being able to help students achieve the same success in their A-level examinations. Evaluating options on how to achieve this goal, I realised I needed to undertake further foundational training in Economics, as well as to improve my teaching skills. And so I decided to take up a PGCE course in Teaching Economics at the University of Brunei Darussalam. As I progressed through the course, my interest in teaching Economics grew and I knew that being an Economics teacher would suit me much better as this subject area was even more challenging to me.
Shortly after my PGCE course, I was posted to a Secondary school teaching fourth and fifth years "O" Level Economics and Mathematics. Then last year, the Ministry of Education implemented a new educational system where various new subjects were introduced. Our Minister of Education further mentioned that teachers need to be more knowledgeable in the subjects they teach, sounding the challenge that "a good teacher is someone who can master the subject". Along with this challenge, the Minister of Education unveiled a program to provide scholarship for teachers to pursue further studies in the subjects aligned with their degrees in The United Kingdom.
During the nine years I have been in the school, teaching Economics and Mathematics for "O" Level students, I have held many administrative responsibilities that have taught me numerous lessons in school management. My most challenging was when I was appointed as Head of the Timetabling Section, looking after teachers and classroom timetables. Coordinating schedules and university resources was a challenge I truly relished as it gave me an opportunity to apply my skills in organizing events, logistics and leading people; as I have been, for the most part of my life, an outgoing person who loves being around and working with people in various positions. My experience being with the school's Scouting Club, various Sports Clubs and the Parents-Teachers Association served me well in successfully executing my duties.
This year, I have been appointed as the new Head of Examination Section. This entailed that I work independently, under considerable pressure, and yet work as well as I can in getting along with others. It entailed accepting other people's points of view and making room for further self-improvement.
Today, I can say that I feel better equipped to teach the subject but I know that I have only uncovered the tip of a very huge iceberg in my chosen specialty of teaching Economics. Now, I am confident that I could measure up to your University's esteemed academic standards, despite or perhaps because of my being an international student. I have consistently demonstrated a hard-working and thoroughly professional work ethic, which I am proud of. I have a balanced academic discipline