Mehreen Subhan, who joined Hurlingham Academy in September last year after nearly four years as a lawyer, said it has definitely been challenging along the way but with plenty of support and the end result of seeing students marks go up, she has found her place in the working world.
Speaking to getwestlondon as part of our Teach First campaign , Ms Subhan said: "It's been a rollercoaster of emotions as you are thrown in the deep end from day one - it's sink or swim.
"There's a different challenge every day, facing new problems, but then you work collaboratively as a team.
"It has been the most enjoyable six months so far."
Her move to teaching began after long office hours and a lack of job satisfaction in the legal field.
Despite investing a similar amount of time in teaching, including a lot of planning and preparation outside the classroom, she really enjoys her role.
Somewhat influenced by her sister who also did the Teach First programme, as a new teacher and new to the programme she says "the key thing is the support that you receive - you swim rather than sink."
She added: "The idea of being thrown in from day one - it's the best thing to do."
When asked what she enjoyed most in the classroom she said without hesitation "the students".
"Building a rapport with the younger students and knowing that they are the future generations of doctors, lawyers and teachers", Ms Subhan added.
She also explained there is a misconception that you have to have studied the subject and cannot transfer your skills.
She has been able to to take skills such as leadership, time management and teamwork and bring them to her new role.
Her biggest challenge over the last six months has been being an English teacher not having studied English as a degree.
However she stresses it's not a pitfall but has made her take the programme very seriously. She has also sought help from people in her department to build herself.
"It has helped me in my subject knowledge and generally to build relations," she said.
But it is the development of her pupils and making a difference that has the greatest impact.
"Students going a couple of extra marks from the start of the year to the end of term - it makes a real difference.
"Having seen those developments in my students I can tell it's making an impact."
So why Teach First? Well, while there are a lot of other programmes out there or the choice of going back to university and becoming a student again, Teach First she says was an interesting prospect for her.
"It's more about being practical and in the classroom from day one and its designed on leadership.
"The opportunities that come from doing the programme extend far from being a teacher.
"It's definitely been challenging but it's the best move that I have made."
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