Do you want to work in a profession where you better the lives of others? Are you capable of handling the excitement of children, the mood swings of teenagers or the expectations of adult learners? If you answered yes, a career in teaching might give you the professional satisfaction every worker desires.
Teaching in the UK and Abroad
It’s no secret that the UK needs more teachers. In June the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) warned that schools face a shortage of teachers both in the UK and abroad. In a report released at its annual conference, COBIS, who work closely with the UK government, relayed that “teacher recruitment poses a challenge.” For this academic year, the Department for Education’s (DfE) figures showed a drop of almost 10% in recruitment targets to initial teacher training.
A Great Time to Train
Due to the fact that teachers are in demand, now’s the optimum time for both students and working professionals to establish themselves in the industry. While many teachers come directly from education-related qualifications, it’s becoming increasingly common for individuals to move into teaching from another profession; you’re never too old to retrain and the experience you gain from another career can pay dividends in the educational sector. What’s more, those who join the profession from another field often experience rapid career progression, too. In fact, there are many reasons why becoming a teacher could be the best decision you ever make – here’s just a few of them:
- Make a difference: Regardless of the year group or subject/course you are teaching, the end goal is to ultimately add value to another’s life through the means of education. Teachers get the opportunity to inspire students and help them lay the foundations for a career with endless exciting possibilities.
- Variety: One of the wonderful things about teaching is the variety within the profession. The Guardian asked over 800 teachers why they wanted to become a teacher and just under 60% revealed the variety of the job as the main reason; no two days are the same in teaching and every day offers a new challenge. Teaching gives people the opportunity to specialise in many different subjects or cover a range at primary school level, for example.
- Long holidays: We all (begrudgingly) know somebody that enjoys six long weeks off during the summer. Although there is work to do outside of the classroom (such as marking and lesson planning), becoming a teacher is often linked with a generous holiday allowance, allowing you to plan exciting and fulfilling breaks or even take on some voluntary work in your free time.
- Support at every stage: Trainee teachers benefit from thorough learning programmes that build their skills and confidence in the classroom. What’s more, they also have access to great support networks and advisory services. The DfE, for example, offers a free service called Premier Plus, which gives teachers a helping hand with the application process.
- Teachers are in demand: According to the DfE, within six months of completing their training, 95% of newly-qualified teachers are employed in a teaching position. There are so many roles out there both in the UK and abroad that need filling, and newly-qualified teachers have a great chance of being employed in the schools they want to work in most.
- Find a new love: In a teaching environment, there are so many opportunities for teachers to find new hobbies; you could get involved with the school football team or help other staff members with after-school activities such as talent shows, for example.
- A fresh start: It’s becoming commonplace to see teaching as a second or third career in a professional’s life. If you’re unhappy in your current role and feel a career in education could be your perfect match, you won’t be alone in your decision; people from all kinds of professions have re-established themselves and found happiness in teaching.
There is evidently a number of potential motivators for those considering a career in teaching, but usually, it isn’t about the generous summer vacation; teachers tend to be bound by their desire to positively impact people’s lives. If you want to make a difference to students’ educational journeys and the education system, just remember, it’s never too late to become a teacher.
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