Career change to the classroom in 2023? Harlow-based teacher says making the switch to teaching was the best career decision
Education / Sun 29th Jan 2023 at 09:35am
HARRISON Moore, a 29-year-old history teacher at Sir Frederick Gibberd College and Sixth Form in Harlow, says making the switch to teaching was the best career decision he’s ever made – and is calling on those considering a career switch this year to explore the possibility of teaching as a profession.
A former marketing professional having worked for Heart Radio and Mercedes Benz, Harrison always felt like he was searching for the right job that would fit and didn’t quite find it – until he became a teacher.
Reflecting on his career change, Harrison said: “It’s a career where no two days are the same, I can teach the same lesson three times and none of those lessons will be the same. It’s hard work, but the payoff is unrivalled – the reward you get from the students and the knowledge that you’re inspiring and shaping them every day is so much more than hitting a commercial target for example. The reward is instant too, as you’re getting to see the direct impact you’re having on students day in and day out.”
Harrison has been a teacher for over two years and is calling on those considering a career change to explore a career in teaching. He added: “In my opinion, there isn’t any other job like teaching in the world. There are of course days where it feels quite full on and there are a lot of expectations, as with any job – but the rewards are so much bigger and I wouldn’t change anything – the energy you put in is returned to you by your students, which fills you up and keeps you going.”
Post-graduate teacher training typically lasts one year, with new trainees starting courses each September, so applications are now open to train from this coming September.
Tax-free bursaries of up to £27,000 to train as a teacher are available in selected subjects, and as a newly qualified teacher you’ll start on a minimum salary of £28,000 to £34,000, depending on location.
For anyone interested in making the switch to teaching as a career, the Get Into Teaching service has experienced teacher training advisers available to give free support and advice. To find out more visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.
Don't know how teachers do it. I know a few and the amount of work they have to do during weekends and evenings is shocking.
Teaching can be great but marking, paperwork, admin, endless report writing, a silo'd curriculum, OFSTED, misapplication of technology and a general failure to move out of the 19th Century into a structure for learning fit for the future burns out both teachers and students alike. New recruits are better trained than in the past, more protected, but once onto full timetable working vast numbers leave. Our education system was diverted off track over 40 years ago by ex Eatonian politicians that said teachers couldn't be trusted: the same kind of people who pervade positions of power today who use private schools (and healthcare). Hence the state education, the nhs and the country are in today, run into the ground with skills shortages and low wage low skills economy.