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I saved myself from drowning in the sea of FE politics

Feeling undervalued and being used as a pawn in the college SLT’s power-play, Sarah Simons suddenly decided to take control of her own destiny – and it transformed her career

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I was on a beach in Mexico when I received an email that changed my FE career.

I started teaching nearly 10 years ago. After decades of flying by the seat of my freelance pants in screenwriting and acting, I was sick of the feast or famine. I was ambitious but I wanted stability and what I hoped would be career rewards in direct proportion to the effort I put in.

I got my first sessional lecturer job at a huge college a few months into my Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) course. I had no idea what I was doing but got wonderful support, and I loved the place. I was ...

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