Griffith PhD Graduate, Dr. Vivek Balakrishnan, shares his experience with the recruitment process and what he hopes to gain from the program.
“As a kid from a low socio-economic background from the southern part of India, I longed for an education and was always curious about mathematics and its real-life applications.
This passion and curiosity eventually convinced me to complete my doctorate in Engineering. When I was looking for a meaningful career to make an impact in the community, I came across Teach for Australia (TFA) and learning about TFA’s vision galvanized my understanding of educational disadvantage in Australia.
I applied for the Leadership Development Program (LDP) to join cohort 2021 after learning more about TFA with QLD/ACT recruitment manager, Carolina. Since my first contact, she has been extremely helpful with her support and advice throughout the recruitment process.
Although I was unsuccessful during my first application round, the feedback that I received from Carolina and the admissions team was extremely helpful to self-reflect. In early February this year, when I saw an email popped up in my inbox from Carolina encouraging me to re-apply, she helped me to understand my potential in a larger context. Moreover, the communication that I received from the overall TFA admissions and recruitment team was clear and prompt.
Finally, the most satisfying thing about this recruitment journey was when I came to know that I was accepted into the TFA LDP. I envision myself becoming a great mathematics teacher and would like to make two important contributions.
The real-life applications of mathematics are endless. We are surrounded by numbers, equations, and algorithms. In saying that, I would like to make sure every student embraces the value, complexity, and beauty of mathematics. Secondly, I would like to nurture uniqueness and thereby developing the self-esteem of students.”
Dr. Vivekananthan Balakrishnan
If you are interested in making a difference in the education of young, disadvantage Australians and have studied a degree in Arts, History, Science, Maths, Engineering, Technology, Music or Languages, consider applying for Teach for Australia’s 2 year Leadership Development Program! Applications are now open to final year students.