Working in the education sector is a very rewarding career as you teach or assist the stars of the future.
Who can I work for?
Universities, schools, further education colleges and training centres are the prime locations for education.
Where and when can I work?
Education is a career with international scope. Normal school hours are between 8:30am-4pm but lesson planning or teacher training can mean working outside these hours. University hours normally run between 9am-6pm but evening classes can run past these times.
Are there chances of promotion?
Promotion opportunities depend on the level of experience and progress you have made. Lecturers are normally offered development and management opportunities within two to five years of becoming a lecturer. Teachers can progress to heads of departments or head teachers.
What will I be responsible for?
You would be responsible for planning lessons in line with national objectives and monitoring and recording the progress of your classes. It is also key to keep up to date with developments in your subject.
Do I need any experience?
You will need to get a postgraduate certificate in secondary education (PGCE) or a professional graduate diploma in education (PGDE) in Scotland. These are available at many universities and colleges.
What attributes are needed?
To be a teacher or lecturer, you need to be enthusiastic, motivated, committed and have strong communication skills.
What can I earn?
You can earn anything from £15,000 while training to £25,000-£45,000 once qualified.
What are the benefits?
You work an average of 39 weeks of the year, allowing you to have Easter, summer and Christmas holidays off. Other benefits include additional money if you take on additional responsibilities and a public sector pension.