The Teaching Agency has revealed figures that show that 81% of undergraduates in their final year believe that teaching is a profession that delivers both in terms of status and reputation.
Calls to the Teaching Line have revealed that graduates in Yorkshire have shown an overwhelming interest in teaching. Enquiries have reached 75% of 2011’s total in less than nine months.
The UK Graduate Careers Survey, conducted by High Fliers Research, also showed that careers in education were beginning to take a larger share of the graduate job market. The survey put schools and universities as the second most popular type of employer, with 9% of graduates stating that they are interested in working in the sector. This was only surpassed by 11% of graduates who demonstrated an interest in working in PR or marketing.
Lin Hinnigan, chief executive of the Teaching Agency said: "Teaching is increasingly a career for the most able graduates as demonstrated by its pay, benefits and prospects that compare favourably to other graduate professions. I'd urge anyone considering a career in teaching in Yorkshire to investigate just how well the profession compares to alternative careers."
The average range for graduate starting salaries is between £17,720 and £23,335, while UK teachers begin on an average salary of £23,010.This is even higher for teachers in inner London inner who start on £27,000.Those starting Initial Teacher Training this year can also apply for tax-free bursaries of up to £20,000.
27-year old Alistair Dixon, who teaches Spanish, German and French at Coombe School in Surrey, describes what attracted him to teaching:
“It dawns on you that you could inspire somebody else. I could have a student who, in a few years, remembers my Spanish lessons and feels like they meant something.”
Recent data shows that the majority (nine out of ten) newly qualified teachers found their first job within a year.
Would the high levels of graduate recruitment inspire you to take up a job in teaching?