Canfield BHP alum, Maya Josiam, graduated in May 2018 with her degree in Finance. After graduating, Maya started working in Dallas as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where she focused on cases across a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing and financial services to education. It was there in the education space that Maya further fueled her passion for education. Nowadays, Maya is a middle school math teacher and full-time student pursuing her master’s degree. We caught up with Maya to hear more about her transition.
“I was actually at Oliver Wyman for almost two years. I started in 2018 and left at the end of June, this past year, to start a master’s program in teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Currently, while enrolled in that full-time master’s program, I am also an apprentice teacher, which is just fancy talk for being a student-teacher at a Philadelphia middle school, where I teach sixth grade math and science.”
What helped to inspire you to make the pivot to education and become a teacher?
The education practice at Oliver Wyman really does a lot of different things across education, all the way from pre-K through college and even things like professional education and vocational education. I had done a lot of work and a ton of different projects across the education space in my second year.
The pivot to education, for me, has been a long time coming. Even when I was at UT, I spent a lot of time working in the UTeach Outreach program, which is an awesome education program that UT has on campus. All of my internship experience was in the education space, and I knew long term that I wanted to work in education. After doing two years of consulting, and after a year of that time being in the education space, it felt like the right time to make a career transition into a more direct form of education, which for me, was teaching. I knew if I wanted to do anything in the larger education space outside of consulting, I needed to be a teacher first. The way I decided to pursue becoming a teacher was getting certified through a master’s degree program where I would also have the ability to teach in a real classroom. Continue reading