Careers advisors

For the right person, teaching offers a rewarding and varied career with great employment prospects and a clear path to promotion.

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It’s a professional career

Teaching is a demanding, highly skilled job and there are excellent opportunities available right now for the right candidates.

At the moment, there is a particular demand for high quality graduates in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Computing.

For many school and university students, teaching is their first option. Indeed, it’s a vocation and they just know that they want to teach. Other candidates make their way to teaching on a different path. Yet, often, the profession is overlooked with many people underestimating the benefits of a career in teaching.

In fact, a number of independent studies have shown that teaching is one of the most rewarding careers available with teachers frequently stating high levels of job satisfaction.

As a careers adviser, you can download our application checklist and supporting information and share that information with the young people you advise. It will help you to understand teaching’s challenges and rewards and help you to offer it as an option to the right candidates. It’s worth noting that teaching offers:

  • competitive salary and pension benefits
  • attractive working hours, holidays and conditions
  • a well defined career path
  • personal rewards – including inspiring young people and personal development and growth
  • a strong professional standing in the community.

Hayley Richards – Business Studies Teacher at Portobello High School

“I chose to become a teacher because I wanted a job where I did something different every day. I also have a keen interest in young people and keeping them engaged. One of the main things you need in order to achieve this is enthusiasm. You have to be enthusiastic about the subject you teach in order for pupils to be enthusiastic about it too. It’s also important to have a sense of humour to bring to the classroom as this helps sustain a relationship with pupils. Having a good relationship with pupils is a must for teaching. If you get to know them well, this will encourage them to stay engaged in their learning.

If you’re interested in teaching, my advice would be go for it but be prepared for the hard work. The role requires a lot of dedication but the rewards do outweigh any negatives. There is no greater benefit of teaching than seeing pupils progress to achieve their goals and aspirations."

Holly Mathie – Physical Education Teacher at Hazlehead Academy

“The fantastic support and educational experience from my Physical Education teachers when I was at school gave me aspirations to become one myself. I feel I bring enjoyment for the pupils and my colleagues with a fun attitude to learning and working. With this, I develop meaningful rapport with my pupils which I believe extends towards better experiences during lessons and enhances the effectiveness of the ongoing learning.

Physical Education is a subject that is extremely diverse in terms of pupil ability and activities. Each day presents different circumstances, for myself and the learners. There are always new challenges but that’s what makes it interesting.

While it’s fantastic having elite performers in your classes, the pupils who fight to overcome struggles in Physical Education are often the most rewarding to work with. Assisting them with the slightest improvement in any activity is of great significance and importance to their development and confidence.

Teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. If you give it the dedication, passion and positive attitude it requires to thrive, you will have an enjoyable and rewarding life-long career."

Barry Wright – Principal Teacher of English at Vale of Leven Academy

“I had always been interested in teaching even when I was working in my previous job as a Marketing Manager. When I did decide to change careers, I was surprised at how many skills were transferrable, for example being able to present to big groups of people is the same regardless of the audience age. It also helped that my family were very supportive when I made the change and now they can see the satisfaction I have and understand I couldn’t get the same pleasure from another role.

I loved studying English at school and my degree was in Comparative Literature and English Language. As an English teacher, you help develop a young person’s core skills of reading, writing, talking and listening by engaging them with fantastic literature and also by embracing and dissecting current affairs. There is so much discussion in an English classroom and, when it’s taught well, pupils love it.

If you love working with young people and you have a passion for an academic area, do it. Being a teacher is an enormous privilege."

Cheryl Mackenzie – Music Teacher at Aith Junior High School

“I enjoyed my previous job as a youth worker but it didn’t offer the same challenge and continual development of myself that I felt I needed. A teaching career seemed like the ideal choice and I wanted to raise awareness of the importance of music as a subject.

No two days are ever the same. I need to be organised and ready for lessons but also adaptable and able to change tack if required. I listen to the pupils and what they want to learn then I try to incorporate it into lessons. I want pupils to have control of their own learning but with me guiding and directing them to the content they need in order to build and apply their knowledge.

If you are someone who really responds to continually developing yourself then consider teaching. You meet loads of amazing young people and work closely with them to help them achieve in school and develop skills they can apply later in life. If you have a passion for your subject and you want to share it, this is the perfect vocation."

Mark Pitblado – Primary School Teacher at Aberhill Primary School

“I decided to pursue a primary teaching career during high school when I was coaching younger children in sport. A teacher there said to me “You know you can do this as a job?”. I am glad I chose it as I love teaching and truly enjoy going to work every day.

The job is evolving all the time. I did not anticipate how many changes and opportunities would take place in my career. I have also had a range of responsibilities beyond the classroom. Head teachers and senior leadership members are always keen to hand over responsibility on initiatives in schools to allow teachers to develop.

The job is evolving all the time. I did not anticipate how many changes and opportunities would take place in my career. I have also had a range of responsibilities beyond the classroom. Head teachers and senior leadership members are always keen to hand over responsibility on initiatives in schools to allow teachers to develop.

The biggest myth about primary school teaching is that “you just play all day”. The job is challenging and takes a great amount of planning but it is rewarding. Teaching is perfect for anyone who is willing to work hard and would like to spend their days working with enthusiastic pupils."