Teaching: what else can a teacher do besides teach?

Are you studying for a teaching qualification but having doubts as to whether you really want to teach? Alternatively, you may wish to teach but can’t find a job.

We will look at some of the issues you will need to consider and the range of career opportunities beyond teaching. We'll also help you generate ideas to enable you to develop your experience while you are job-hunting.

Assess yourself

Choosing a career involves more than finding out what options are available to you. Start by looking at your strengths, weaknesses, interests, skills and abilities. This will help you to evaluate your career options.

Find out more about how to assess your skills.

Teaching courses provide the opportunity to develop a range of skills which will be useful in other fields. For instance, good organisational skills are essential in the classroom. You must be able to think on your feet, do several things at once and communicate effectively. Time management, flexibility, independence, self-reliance, team working and sensitivity to the needs of others are also likely to be areas of strength.

These skills are what employers are seeking when they recruit. The level of skills required will depend upon the occupation concerned.

What skills have I gained?

We will now look in detail at some of the skills a teaching qualification may have helped you develop. Click on each of the headings for more information.

What are my options?

This section includes information on:

  • Jobs related to your degree
  • Careers for graduates of any discipline
  • Going on to further study or training
  • Changing or leaving your course

Jobs related to your degree

Click on the headings below to see a list of career options wherein your skills and experience would be useful.

More information can be found on our Occupations pages or via Graduate Prospects.

Careers for graduates of any discipline

About 60% of vacancies advertised for graduates do not ask for a specific first degree subject. However, and especially in a highly competitive graduate job market, you may need directly relevant postgraduate training or work experience.

More information can be found on our Occupations pages or via Graduate Prospects.

Further study or training

If you have completed your degree you may be looking to undertake some postgraduate study. You may find it helpful to explore the available options with a careers counsellor.

Changing or leaving your course

If you have not completed your course you may want to consider switching to another degree, using the credits from your current course. See our site On the right path for advice on the implications of changing or leaving your course.

Whats next?

Having previously focused on teaching, you may find it hard to consider alternative careers. Possibly you have a range of ideas but are unsure of which direction to take. Book an appointment with a careers counsellor where you can explore your ideas, or address the lack of them.

Further research

  • Education Alternatives (pdf 491kb)
    This AGCAS guide provides information about education-related careers outside of work as a qualified teacher in mainstream schools.
  • What Colour is Your Parachute? is a book often described as the career changer’s bible. Reference copies are available at all Brighton and Eastbourne careers centres