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Graduates warned to not dismiss teaching careers

Published: Tuesday, 23 February 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Two-thirds of graduates who believe that teaching is a dead-end job have been warned by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) to not dismiss a competitively paid and interesting career path.

The TDA conducted a recent survey of final-year university students which showed that 80 per cent of respondents believed the starting salary of a teacher is lower than it is, the Telegraph reports.

A career in teaching was also ranked among the worst professions for promotion opportunities - just ahead of journalism and human resources - with two-thirds (66 per cent) believing it offered poor opportunities for progression.

But the TDA insisted that teaching was a career that offered decent levels of pay and progression, with 81 per cent of teachers claiming there are plenty of chances to work up the career ladder.

Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, told the paper: "There is a danger that outdated and old-fashioned perceptions of teaching could continue to put off some candidates.

"Teaching offers more opportunities for career progression than any other career and competitive salaries, particularly for those who progress to senior leadership."

David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, has said that if he becomes the new prime minister, his government will actively seek out the best graduates to fill desirable teaching positions.

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