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Around one third of your life will be spent at work – that’s a lot of time to be doing something you don’t enjoy! In this article, we’ll be highlighting some of the reasons why teaching has been described as “the best career in the world”.

So, why teaching?

There’s no doubt that teaching is a challenging career choice: if you’re looking for a predictable, stress-free 9-5 role that allows you to switch off the moment you leave the office, it’s probably not the profession for you. However, if you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career with a lasting impact and plenty of progression opportunities, keep reading.

#1 You’ll never doubt the role you play in building a brighter future. 

The impact you’ll have on your pupils with every lesson is really the crux of what makes the challenges worth it. From trainees to qualified teachers, they all agree: seeing your dedication and hard work impact the development and achievements of your pupils is the best feeling in the world.

You build strong relationships with your pupils as you come to understand them – their personalities, what makes them unique, their dreams, hopes and fears. You become a constant in one of the most important, transformative times in their lives.

From ‘eureka’ moments to giving young people the confidence they need to excel at whatever they put their minds to, the value you bring to the next generation by being a teacher is second to none.

You’ll finish every work day knowing that you’ve made a difference.

“Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world; the profession that creates every other profession. We have the opportunity to open hearts and minds. We are responsible for changing lives. Teachers, never underestimate the difference you make every single day. For many, many years to come, your name will be shared in the fond tales people recall of their school days. Your legacy will live on through the positive impact you will have made during your time as a teacher. Without a doubt, you really are entering the best career in the world, a job with limitless opportunities.”

Sarah Mullin MBE

#2 There’s never a dull day in a classroom.

Teaching is one of the most dynamic, fast-paced and exciting roles out there, with new triumphs, new lessons and new opportunities for both you and your pupils every single day.

Each and every one of your students will bring their own unique charm to the classroom, keep you on your toes and make sure you’re never left twiddling your thumbs at a desk again. They’re not just entertaining, though; they teach you just as much as you teach them, about yourself, the world, your preconceptions and so much more.

In a nutshell? Every day’s a school day in more ways than one when you’re a teacher, and it’s the best.

“Teaching is a privilege – being lucky enough to support students through the most important journey of their lives is something that fills me with excitement and happiness.”

Jo, Newly-Qualified English Teacher from Ark Greenwich Free School 

#3 Teaching is a career you can rely on.

In addition to being an incredibly rewarding career path, the consistent high demand for teachers presents fantastic job security for anyone entering the profession. And let’s not forget, as a teacher:

  • You’ll have consistent working days.
  • Structured and ample holidays.
  • A regular and reliable salary.
  • Career progression opportunities.

Ark’s qualified teacher salaries are on average around 2.5% higher than the national scales, making the minimum starting salary for newly qualified teachers £26,000+ regionally, £30,000+ in the London Fringe areas and £32,000+ in inner London.

There’s also a world of opportunity open to you when you’re a teacher at Ark. Whether you aspire to head a department or see yourself in a senior leadership role, there are always opportunities within our network to grow and expand on your career and earning potential.

While these aspects of teaching are rarely the main drivers for someone wanting to be a teacher, they’re the unsung perks of the job. You’ll always know where you stand with a career in teaching.

#4 It’s a more accessible profession than you might think.

Don’t think you’re qualified? Think again. The number of barriers to exceptional people becoming teachers decreases year on year. We now accept applicants with 2:2 degrees and place a huge emphasis on your core skills and key competencies during the application process. Qualifications are important, but they aren’t the be-all and end-all of what makes a fantastic teacher.

What’s more, you could be eligible to teach a number of different subjects based on what you studied, your qualifications and your work experience. STEM in particular is an incredibly exciting area to teach in at the moment, with many people unknowingly possessing the knowledge and qualifications to teach a number of different subjects.

#5 Inspire the future pioneers in your field of study or subject specialism.

Being a teacher transforms your passion for a subject into a powerful tool to spark interest and excitement in your pupils.

Cast your mind back to your school days and think about your favourite teacher. It was likely someone with a genuine passion for the subject who showed enthusiasm and excitement in every lesson through innovative teaching methods. If you have a genuine passion for a subject, you can develop the skills needed to teach it.

That kind of enthusiasm opens doors for young people to a future they might not have ever considered possible.

“I want to show our students that they can get anywhere in life and that they don’t have to let their background hold them back. It doesn’t matter where you’re from. If you work hard, you can achieve what you want to achieve.” 

Halwest Hussein, Trainee Teacher at Ark Burlington Danes Academy

Naturally, the people who have the best argument for becoming a teacher are teachers themselves. Check out the video below to discover exactly why our teachers love their job so much and uncover what drew them towards this exciting profession. 

 

Considering a career in teaching? We can help with that. Apply now to kick-start your journey towards an exciting new career in teaching.