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Why move from industry to education?

Are you looking for a new challenge in your career? Have you considered moving into education?

July 06, 2020

Moving into the education sector can be an exciting career move, as no two days are the same.  Teaching is an incredibly rewarding path, where you can use your industry experience to inspire the next generation.

How do I become a teacher?

If you’re a master of your vocation (be that anything from accountancy to carpentry), Further Education offers a great route into education. Depending on your industry experience, you may be able to go straight into a teaching role depending on the college’s requirements. However, the easiest way to get into teaching is to complete a Level 3 Award and Training qualification. These courses are available at training providers across the UK and can take as little as a few weeks to complete.

Skills of Teacher

Every teacher is unique in their teaching style and methods. However, to be an effective teacher, you will be required to demonstrate a varied set of skills. These include: 

• Good communication skills

• Patience

• The ability to inspire a class

• The ability to be relatable at times

• In-depth subject knowledge

These skills can be learnt and finessed over time, and with the variation of a teaching role, you will gain plenty of transferrable skills in return.

Teacher Benefits

Of course, the main reason that most people move into FE teaching is because they want to work with the next generation of students in their profession. It is particularly rewarding to teach within FE as your students have elected to be there and may be trying to pursue a career in your subject area. But there are many benefits to teaching in further education. Here are just five of those benefits:

You can move into it gradually. By taking a part time contract, you can continue your day job whilst you begin your teaching career.

There are lots of options to progress your career. If you join education full time, you can progress your career by working your way up the established hierarchy of education management.

FE teachers are in demand. The FE sector is growing and is constantly looking for skilled professionals to teach the next generation in their profession. As a result, the salary offering can be quite competitive.

Healthy holiday entitlement. Typically speaking, full time FE teachers enjoy around 37 days holiday plus bank holidays.

Development support. If the college you work for requires you to do further qualifications, they will often support you financially.


So, if you’re looking for job security, a competitive salary and most importantly job satisfaction, moving from industry to teaching may be the career move for you.

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