Meet Karo Adeda
Part Time Tutor
I began my journey at Explore Learning back in March 2015 in the Crayford centre. I was
in my first year of sixth form at the time and, as part-time jobs go, it was a great first
impression. I immediately noticed how helpful the other tutors were towards each
other and the inclusive nature the management team had too. They were so supportive
in my first few weeks and helped me take on new opportunities as teacher of Eleven
Plus! The one thing I will always cherish from my first few weeks was that the children
were always full of energy and the environment was so positive – this resonated with
me and I soon began to realise the unique Explore approach brought the best out of
children and staff alike!
After 6 months in Crayford, I had the opportunity to transfer to the team that launched
the brand new Abbey Wood centre in London. There, my role went from being just a
tutor to being so much more. I went on to develop my customer service skills and had
opportunities to discuss children’s learning with parents. I also received training in sales
and marketing and went on external events to help promote the centre and spread the
Explore word! It was this that made me realise I loved raising awareness of the
company and engaging with the local community. My proudest moment from my time
at Abbey Wood was winning the ‘Tutor of the Year Award 2016’ which I was actually
voted for by the children! The gold shiny badge I get to display proudly makes it a win win!
I eventually made the switch from teaching Eleven Plus to working with our older,
secondary school members. I enjoyed designing, planning and delivering lessons and
took on the challenge of engaging with a different age group, encouraging them as
they transitioned into young adults. It was a highly rewarding role and I received plenty
of support and training from my management team throughout.
I have since bounced from London Abbey Wood to Birmingham Handsworth and am
now at the Birmingham Mere Green centre which I was privileged enough to help
launch in January 2017. I’ve gained an incredible amount of skills through this experience
and my current managers, Jasmine, Ellie and Paolo, make all opportunities available to
me. Seeing a centre launch from zero to hero is definitely the most amazing experience!
The greatest aspect of working for Explore is the excitement children display each time
they learn something new – to be there for that ‘lightbulb’ moment is truly amazing. It
is an extremely rewarding experience for both the child and the tutor as it reiterated
that the work we do is constantly making an impact to the lives of children nationwide.
Throughout my career so far, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of
children of all ages and abilities. Watching the growth of centres and their fantastic
teams has been incredible and I urge anyone with the opportunity to go for it. The role
has encouraged me to be the best I can be and given me invaluable skills for my CV,
self-development and future career. I am now currently studying Business Information
Technology and can’t wait to progress with the company once graduating.