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Published: 04/10/2018

5 reasons to change your career to teaching

Are you unhappy in your current career?

Want a change of scene, and a fulfilling, meaningful career that makes a real difference?

Have you considered teaching?

In this post, we explore the options, process and support structures out there for professional looking to make the switch to teaching.

Why Make the Change?

If you’re thinking of swapping the office for the classroom, there has never been a better time to make the switch and start a career as a teacher. Here’s why:

  1. There are more opportunities than ever

As a nation, we’re facing a real shortage of teachers. This means there are schools all over the country, actively seeking out teachers at every stage of their careers. There is a clear path of progression, and opportunities to build the career you want, with great long-term employment prospects and job security.

  1. The salary is better than you think

A newly qualified teacher in inner London earns a minimum of £29,664, with incentives and salary uplifts available for those that want to take on more responsibility. At the top of the scale, become a head teacher in inner London, and you could earn up to £118,490 a year.

  1. The perks are generous

From the longer holidays to the generous pension scheme, the TLR payments to the SEN allowance, there are some real perks to teaching that you simply won’t find in other professions.

  1. You’ll make a difference

Many lawyers choose to become teachers not because of the financial rewards, but because they want to make a meaningful, lasting difference to the lives of young people in the UK. Teaching offers the opportunity to really inspire the next generation.

  1. You’ll get paid to train

Depending on the subject you want to teach, there is plenty of financial support available whilst you retrain. You could even earn a salary whilst you train with a School Direct course.

The Teacher Training Course

The good news is that as a lawyer, you already have a degree, which means you are eligible to train on a postgraduate teacher training course. This will provide you with the classroom experience and qualified teacher status you need to teach in a school.

There are a range of teacher training courses led by universities and schools across the UK, and the course you choose will be depend on your chosen subject, level of degree/experience and where you are.

Additional information can be found on the official government website.

Now Teach – Support for Career Changers

If you are planning to teach in London, Hastings, East Anglia or the West Midlands, there is a fantastic programme designed to fast-track your teaching career.

It’s called Now Teach and is designed to help people who have already have a successful career to transition into a teaching role. It’s the only programme of its kind, and provides a school-based course, with full support throughout the two-year placement.

Primarily, the programme is looking to recruit teachers for maths, computer science, languages, science and geography – the areas where there are fewer teachers. However, there are opportunities for those who are interested in teaching other subjects, including Law.

Additional information about the government sponsored programme can be found on the Now Teach website.

Success Story – Lawyers in Teaching

An increasing number of people with established legal careers retrain as teachers every year, and there are teaching jobs for lawyers in London and across the UK. Switching to teaching is easier than you might think.

One example of this is the case of Mouhssin Ismail, who grew up with the desire of becoming a lawyer – even completed his law degree and worked at a popular London law firm. However, four years into the job Mr Ismail left banking and finance to pursue teaching. Although he was enjoying being a lawyer, it didn’t give him the sense of social contribution Ismail was looking for. With a role in teaching, Mr Ismail could use his passion for law to make a real difference in people’s lives and futures – just one of the many benefits you will see in a career in teaching.

Support in becoming a teacher from Future Education

Whatever your teaching goals, we can help you to kick-start your teaching career with a role in London.

From gaining experience in a school setting as a TA, to signposting you to the right training, courses and career development advice, our experienced team of former teachers and education recruitment specialists are here to support you at every step of the way.

For additional information, please call a specialist member of the Future Education recruitment team on 020 8256 0910, or email today.

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