The Good Universities Guide has launched Five Reasons Why, a series of blogs and articles dedicated to providing prospective students with insights into choosing their future profession. Each piece reveals five key reasons you should consider a career in a particular field, including everything from study duration and subject variety to job prospects and median salaries.
Teachers are in high demand
Teaching is an old profession but one that isn’t going
anywhere. Despite it’s popularity as a course, there remains strong demand for
teachers, particularly if you’re willing to relocate to a rural or remote area
as a graduate. This increases further for guys as there is a significant lack
of male teachers, most notably in the primary sector.
There is a variety of roles
Teachers can be pigeonholed as primary or secondary
educators, but the reality is that there is ample opportunity to differentiate
within the profession. Specialising in areas such as chemistry, media,
mathematics and physical education can make you a more attractive proposition
to schools targeting someone with expertise in particular subjects and open up
avenues outside of the education sector.
The ATAR requirement is feasible
There are some disciplines, such as medicine and law, that
ordinarily require ATAR scores in the late 90s, which isn’t achievable for all
students. However, teaching is more accessible, with the ability to deal with
people and problem solve more important than absorbing entire text books.
There's plenty of variety
While teaching does involve plenty of breaks — three two-week breaks followed by a six-week spell during the summer, they also put in a lot of after hours work. Report writing, marking assessments and dealing with parents takes up a lot of their non-student-facing time.
You can teach with a double degree
There is a perception that teaching graduates are shoehorned
into this role for the rest of their careers, but this doesn’t have to be the
case. Students can pursue a double degree in teaching and exercise science or complete
a Bachelor of Business and then complement this with a two-year Master of
If you enjoyed this article, check out our other five reasons why piece on communications.