(Original post by Lewianter)
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Thank you for your interest and linking me to that forum and your GYG- and thank you entertainmyfaith, too. I would indeed be interested in said list- might make me consider even more things I hadn't thought of!
Ok, first of all- the cheesy reason: If you become a teacher, you get to make a difference to people's lives every day- just by doing your job. There aren't that many jobs where this is true and you can sometimes impact people in surprising ways- even if they don't go on to pursue your subject further. Just by doing your job you are making a difference.
Then, the practical reasons:
-The pay progression is pretty good- in 6 years you move up the main scale to about £33,000 just as a classroom teacher. In secondary there is a lot of opportunity to supplement your salary with "TLRs" (extra pay for extra responsibility)- so by the time you are 30 you could easily be earning 40k without a leadership role. People say teachers don't get paid that well, and perhaps they don't in comparison to some professions, but the pay is not bad either- and unlike in industry you don't usually have to fight too hard for that pay progression.
-The holidays. They speak for themselves, really! Although you will probably bring some work home to do in the holidays, you can also take it with you to a beach in the med or wherever you want to go. I know some teachers who spend 5/6 weeks a summer traveling, which is pretty cool.
-You can do it anywhere in the country- you are not tied to living in a city and outside London the pay is the same everywhere. A teacher's salary will go a long way in rural parts of the north or SW.
-You can do it anywhere in the world. The PGCE is widely respected and a lot of UK teachers make successful careers abroad.
-The country will always need teachers- Really successful teaching can't be done by AI or video link despite what some people try to say, and parents know this. It's not a job likely to become obsolete in the next 10 years.
-The pension is still pretty good.
-There are options if you don't enjoy classroom teaching e.g. small group teaching in alternative provision, adult education, tutoring- as well as taking your skills outside of education.
-If you want a career, there is an obvious structure and route to promotion and senior leadership.
Right now, UK teaching is in a bit of a crisis, and in my opinion pay and conditions will have to start to improve soon- parents are realising there is a problem, so things will have to change. At the moment, the workload is high, but I expect to see this reduce over the next 5 years.
(Oh, and the DofE teaching bursaries are pretty good too:
I hope this helps, but ultimately, when you are 21, your parents won't really have a say about what you do next.