Lecturers at colleges and universities facilitate learning and provide guidance to students in a specialised subject. They provide invaluable tuition to students in an effort to help them prepare for their professional lives.
Who can I work for?
You can work for colleges and universities, further education and adult learning services and, in some cases, the Armed Forces and the Prison Service.
Where and when can I work?
Opportunities exist across the country although in larger cities there are generally more positions available. Working hours vary depending on your students' schedules. You could be teaching during the day, but running study groups in the evening and at weekends.
What can I earn?
Salaries range from £21,000 to £39,000, dependant on qualifications, experience and locations.
What are the benefits?
The working hours can be long but they are also flexible, so you can fit the role around your schedule. You may also only work in term time so can enjoy long summer and seasonal breaks. Lecturers are key to developing and influencing a student's future and you can take satisfaction from having a positive impact on a person's life.
Are there chances of promotion?
You can move into senior positions in your educational establishment, such as head of year or department head. There are also opportunities to move into research.
What will I be responsible for?
You will prepare courses, supervise practical work, mark essays and projects of students, give additional support and interview new students.
Do I need any experience?
You will be expected to have extensive knowledge of your subject, a PGCE and a relevant degree. Most higher education lecturers have a PhD. It is also recommended that you have work experience in business or industry.
What attributes are needed?
You will need to be a clear and concise communicator and take a methodical approach to planning. Creativity and motivational skills are essential and you will also need to have strong organisational skills and be compassionate to your students.