LAUNCHING: KITTY DUDGEON

Current Employer:

London School

Time at the company:

3 years

THE BIG QUESTIONS

WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL TITLE?

Year 6 teacher and geography subject leader.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?

Teach 11 year old children and prepare them for secondary school.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?

I always wanted to work with children.

WHAT ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?

I have 2:1 at degree level, and I am currently studying for a masters.

WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

My housemistress at boarding school once said to me "Kitty, you can go to university and you would be an amazing teacher". I am still grateful to her for that.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY?

That's a tricky one... I don't really have one. I am a strong believer that we are all so individual so I can't really compare myself to anyone.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CURRENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT?

The amazing staff that I work with. Every day is different and the people are awesome!

WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR DAILY WORK ROUTINE IF YOU COULD?

I'd have more sleep... work life balance could always sway to more life if given it!

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME?

I would adore to be a house mistress at a prep school or leading my own year group.

DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE THE SAME PERSON AT WORK AND IN PRIVATE?

Yes, but that's because I am always true to myself.

WHERE AND IN WHAT ROLES ARE WOMEN IN THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AT YOUR COMPANY?

Everywhere! As is the profession. We have a Headmistress at my school, she is awesome.

DOES DIVERSITY MATTER TO YOU?

I think gender and racial diversity are both really important in a school environment, particularly because in teaching, every individual brings different things to the table.

HOW GOOD IS YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCE?

It is good, but could always be better.

WHAT QUALITIES DOES BEING IN YOUR ROLE NECESSITATE?

Patience, patience, patience.

ANY FINAL COMMENTS?

Go girl.

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