Gaining experience as a teacher

Teaching is job that requires quite a lot of training before you become qualified, therefore it is important to try and establish if it is definitely the right career for you before committing to a 4 year course a uni. If you haven’t done your GCSE’s or A levels then you may be in for a much longer stint at college / uni before graduating as a teacher. Why not be a teaching assistant for a while in a school to get a real feel for what the day is like. Some teaching assistants are able to cover the class for short periods of time, so you may actually find...

Perks of a job

When analysis the satisfaction and perks you get from a job it is easy to miss some of the basics that are actually really important. Many people consider pay and working hours, lunch breaks and holidays, pensions and insurances but forget to consider things such as the community of people you work with. You can be working at a place that pays well, offers lots of financial rewards, is close to where you live, but if the staff are not friendly then it can make any job unbearable. Think about the staff that work with you, other colleagues as well as management. From time to time we will all have...

Self employment worries

Being self employed can be extremely rewarding and allow you to run your own business how you wish to. Some people can also make a lot of money from running their own company but you do need to have the motivation, skills and discipline to make it a success. When working self-employed you will often be faced with a number of hard decisions that you need to make. Often pricing and terms of pricing is something that many people struggle with. Also marketing can be a bit of a mind field and it may be that you need to take a risk by investing quite a large amount of money...

Transferring skills between jobs

If you are looking at changing your career but you are unsure of what other areas you could work in you need to consider skills that you have that can be transferred in to other job roles. For example if you work in a human resources department within a company then you may easily be able to look for jobs within an accountancy firm or within a council office where privacy is important. It may be that you are good at handling private and secure data and that you understand the importance of making sure that the information you enter is correct so this skill can be transferred in to...

Teaching crisis

Many of us have heard about the crisis the education sector is facing with hundreds of teachers leaving the profession within their first year and many teachers who have been doing the job for ten years plus now stating that they cannot cope. Admittedly there have been several massive changes of late that has caused a stir in the education system and some of which have been questioned by teachers and parents/carers of the students. We should of course be concerned that many teachers are finding the pressures too much and are not getting the support they need to, but we should also remember the fact that there are many...