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Graduates 'considering the classroom'

Published: Monday, 16 March 2009   Category: Public sector

An increasing number of graduates are considering a teaching career as an alternative to the City, it has been claimed.

Dr John Dunford, of the Association of Schools and College Leaders, notes that many university leavers who originally chose finance are looking to a career in the classroom in the wake of the economic downturn.

According to Mr Dunford, the classroom will become a popular choice for bright graduates.

Speaking at the Association of Schools and College Leaders annual conference, he said: "Young people who, until recently, headed straight from university to the City to make their fortune are questioning whether there is any moral purpose in that.

"Teaching, not accountancy or the City, will soon become the top destination for talented young graduates. It is already in the top three."

Richard Brown, the chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education, recently urged graduates to stand out from the crowd if they wish to secure the jobs available to them.

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