Thinking Of Becoming A Teacher?

Picking a career is hard work. Although your career path can, and most probably will, change throughout your life, there is nothing more satisfying than feeling content with your day job. Of course, we are all different, and we all have our own separate versions of a dream job. From doctors and vets to writers, actors, politicians and police officers, there are plenty of options out there. But have you ever thought about becoming a teacher?

Teaching is incredibly rewarding work, allowing you the capability to help shape the future of the next generation of young people. Whether you are interested in teaching a particular subject in greater detail at secondary school or would rather be more involved in teaching at a primary level, there are plenty of ways to develop a teaching career in a niche that suits your individual skillset.

While there are many benefits to teaching, it’s undeniable that the role isn’t without its challenges. For this reason, it’s understandable that committing to becoming a teacher is a big decision – one that requires plenty of thought before you make the leap.

What You Need to Consider
Whether you are just starting out in your working life or are looking for a career change, it’s undeniable that teaching can be a great option. Fulfilling and satisfying, teaching is a perfect opportunity to make a real difference and improve many of your own personal skills at the same time. However, there are a variety of things that you need to take into consideration before committing to working in the education sector.

First things first, what level do you want to teach? For that matter, do you want to become a teacher, a teaching assistant, or another member of the teaching or educational support team? The answers to these questions will likely determine your next steps, so it’s important to think carefully before you make any big decisions.

The Training You Need
When it comes to teaching, the proper training is essential. Again, the level and type of training you need will largely depend on your answers to the previous few questions, but there are a number of factors which will also influence your training requirements.

· Volunteering – this is especially useful for prospective teachers, helping you gain valuable on-the-job experience and adding to your CV
· Personal Qualifications – while some positions will require a different level of education to others, as a general rule, you will need to have a good level of education in maths and English in order to start on your journey into teaching. However, you will need a degree if you wish to start teacher training
· Teacher Training Programme – if you want to become a teacher, you will need to undertake initial teacher training
· Official Checks – while this isn’t specifically training, you will still be required to undergo certain official checks such as a DBS check when you apply to work with children

Are You Ready to Apply?
Once you have made the decision and chosen to take the next step into your teaching career, all that’s left to do is find the right role for you and apply. With schools, colleges and educational institutions around the country always on the lookout for new talent, you should be able to do plenty of research in order to find a position that suits you. Of course, the application and interview process is a thorough one, but if you are committed to your job, the rewards will be more than worthwhile. Make sure to research education roles within the area you want to work in – for instance, if you are based in Cambridge, search for teaching jobs in the local area to see which schools and organisations are currently hiring.

There are plenty of helpful guides and resources out there to help would-be teachers and those who are newly-qualified in the education sector to take the next step in their career, so don’t worry. Although the application process may seem like a chore, you’ll be in the classroom making a difference before you know it!
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  1. I always thought about being a teacher but never went to college or even uni, doh!

  2. I am considering changing to a TA, thinking it will fit in better with my young family.

  3. I think teachers do a fab job with the limited funding they get nowadays, I admire anyone wanting to go into teaching

  4. No. It wasn't a career / profession that I considered. On hindsight I think Education in schools etc need to do more in order to prepare youngsters for Employment, etc. "We Learn What We Live". So it seems that maybe schools, etc should consider providing more opportunities in regards to :- Work Experience, Public Speaking, Drama, etc, etc.

    It seems that the media reports that there is a need for Teachers. As you mention it is important to consider what is available within the geographical area in which person hopes to work.

    Rachel Craig

  5. I always wanted to be a nursery teacher, I did my work experience in a creche and absolutely loved it, I am now nearly 30 and feel like I have left it to late xxx

  6. Teaching is a very job and offers the chance to make a difference for someone every day!

  7. Teaching must be very challenging I know I was a nightmare as a school child 😂

  8. Education is an important aspect / issue for life. "Life Long Learning" is a term which has been used for a number of years. I think when we consider teaching :- We often think of School Teachers. Yet :- Recently much emphasis has been placed on "Early Years". So with "Early Years" and "Life Long Learning" it seems that we need to consider the whole lifespan as opportunities for Education / Learning.

    Rachel Craig