Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Career Changers Flock to Teaching; Young Professionals and Millennials Looking for More Rewarding Work Are Increasingly Thinking of Returning to the Classroom, Writes Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Career Changers Flock to Teaching; Young Professionals and Millennials Looking for More Rewarding Work Are Increasingly Thinking of Returning to the Classroom, Writes Niki Chesworth

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

O, YOU are back at your desk. Feeling like you should be doing something more rewarding with your life? SWell, you are not alone. This month more than half a million users will visit the Get Into Teaching website -- and many of them are career changers.

The largest group are those aged 25 to 34 who are already in full-time employment. After embarking on a first career (one that perhaps does not live up to expectations), they are now looking for more meaningful jobs.

By March, many will have registered their interest, with two thirds of those who registered last year coming from other careers.

So, how do you know if teaching is really for you? After all, if you have already had one career that has not met your expectations, you do not want to make another mistake.

Well, there are two essentials. First, go along to one of the Train to Teach roadshows.

There is one this Saturday in London from 10am to 3pm. If you cannot attend in person, there is an online event tonight from 5.30pm to 7.30pm which provides an introduction to teacher training and another next Monday ( January 15) which will explore career changing to teaching.

The second 'must' is to gain some experience in a classroom.

This is not only required for anyone applying to train as a teacher, it will also ensure that you really know what you are getting into and whether being in a classroom every day is really the right career choice for you.

Go along to one of the roadshows or join in the online seminars for information on gaining some classroom experience.

To find out more about the series of online and face-to-face events, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov. uk/teaching-events FINANCIAL SUPPORT Career changing can be an expensive proposition. For those wanting to retrain, it often means returning to learning, giving up your salary and paying tuition fees while you train. The fact that you are paid to train, makes teaching an attractive alternative.

For a start, you can learn on-the-job -- being paid while you train. While you may be earning less than in your existing job (initially), it makes career changing more affordable.

In addition, as a career changer you could get a PS26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher in key subjects including science, computing, geography and languages. This year, candidates can also receive an even more generous PS30,000 to train to teach maths -- a PS20,000 tax-free bursary while training as a teacher and a further PS10,000 after tax once in teaching.

Alternatively, prestigious scholarships of up to PS28,000 are available in priority subjects for graduates with a 2:1 or above who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be teachers.

To find out more, visit: https://get intoteaching. …

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