The number of people working in the education sector has fallen in recent years. Between 2015 and 2016, there was a 1.3% drop in the number of teachers working in schools across the UK. So, is teaching set to regain its popularity? Would it be a good career choice for you?
To begin with, you need to know that there’s a wide range of different roles in the Hampshire education jobs sector. This includes special needs teacher, primary school teacher, teaching assistant, teaching lab technician and more. It’s crucial that you carry out your own research into the different roles, so you can find out which one fits best with your skillset and personality. The qualifications required for different roles vary, so you need to figure out your end goal before embarking on further education and training.
Private Or Public
Private and public school are very different. As a result, you need to determine which type of school you would prefer to work in before applying for roles. While private schools claim to provide students with a higher quality of education, this often means teachers working in such schools are put under extra pressure.
Research Is Crucial
Interviews are arguably the best opportunity to determine if a school is right for you or not. However, there some additional ways to gather research about a school. Pay a visit to online parenting websites such as Mumsnet to learn what parents have to say about the school. While your interview at an establishment might go great, if many parents are complaining about headteachers, bullying, lack of funding, poor quality facilities, etc, then the school might not be an optimal place to seek employment. If possible, try to talk to existing teachers during your interview or visit. Those already working in a school can often provide you with some of the most interesting insights. Are the teachers happy and approachable, or are they miserable, rude and rushed off their feet? Trust your intuition. If you get a bad feeling about the environment, it’s time to explore further options.
Reality On The Ground
On paper, teaching can sound like a great career — a workday that starts at 9 am and finishes at 3 pm in addition to 6 weeks of holiday time in the summer. The reality of teaching, however, can be a lot more gruelling. Preparing lesson plans alone can take several hours each week and you need to set time aside to mark homework after the school day has finished. Back to back lessons can leave you will little time to think and dealing with constant classroom conflicts can be stressful. Workdays can be long and every time you have a bad day, you have to find a way to mask your frustrating when standing in front of 30+ students. That all said, teaching can still be a very rewarding profession. You get to make a real difference in children’s lives and can enjoy a real sense of achievement and purpose at the end of each day. You just need to beware of what you’re signing up for.
Just like with any other type of career, the key is to research the industry fully before deciding if it’s right for you. The good news is that the teaching field has a diverse range of roles, so there’s a position to match just about any skill set.