Top 10 reasons why you should consider teaching as a career
1. Inspire others
Most people can remember an inspiring teacher, and that is because teaching can transform lives. Through your motivation and enthusiasm, you can cultivate a desire to learn and be the person who can instigate a lifelong passion for a subject. Read some teachers' memorable moments here.
2. Making a difference
A good teacher nurtures creativity, discovery and helps develop inquiring minds. Every day at work is valuable, as you are having a positive impact on the future generation. You are helping them to develop skills and attributes that will lead them through their education and into promising careers. Why not watch some great teachers in action here.
3. Be creative
Although teachers have a curriculum to follow, the ability to decide on what is taught on a daily basis and how this is taught is up to the teacher. Teaching allows you to be creative as you need to capture the imagination of your students so they can fully learn in varied ways.
4. Have fun
Young people can be challenging, stimulating and entertaining so educating them can be great fun. No two days in teaching are the same – you will learn and engage with your students in new and exciting ways. Each day can bring different challenges, new responses and varied experiences.
5. Experience fulfilment
Being fulfiled in your career gives you as deep sense of pride and satisfaction. As a teacher, you have a strong sense of purpose and responsibility that motivates you to do your best for your students, even when it gets challenging. When you see a student have a “light-bulb moment” - where they finally grasp an understanding of something, because of your efforts - you know it’s all been worthwhile.
6. Competitive salary
Teachers are valued professionals and enjoy a competitive salary, pension and training support amongst other benefits. The starting salary for a newly qualified teacher of at least £22,244 is high compared to other graduate starting salaries.
7. Financial help with training
Bursaries and scholarships of up to £30,000* may be available to trainees. Bursary and scholarship amounts will vary depending on the teacher training subject, age range and the degree class or highest relevant academic qualification. Read more here.
8. Career Progression
There are many management and leadership opportunities within subjects and key areas, and you can progress to a senior management position such as deputy or head teacher. Career progression opportunities within teaching see senior leaders earning £40,000 - £115,000. See what some of our alumni are doing here.
As a teacher you will receive more holidays as compared to many other professions. Teachers work for around 195 days per year in school, although some work may be required during holidays. The opportunity to spend more time with your family is one of the appealing rewards of teaching.
Teaching gives you the opportunity to travel and teach in schools all over the world. Whilst most of these opportunities fall within the private sector, the training and knowledge are all transferable skills.
Life as a teacher
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