The Mail is reporting that Nicky Morgan wants to encourage workers who want a career change because they are bored of their job to become teachers.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the idea of a ‘career for life’ is over, and the average person will have up to seven different jobs.
She said she wanted more people to spend part of their working life in the classroom, as she appealed to engineers, barristers, meteorologists and marine biologists to retrain as teachers.
In a speech in Leeds today, Mrs Morgan said she was determined to tackle the workload to encourage more people to become teachers.
She said that she wanted people to see teaching as ‘one of the noblest forms of public service, of their way of giving back – not just at the very start of their career, but at any point in their lives’.
Mrs Morgan said she stood by her suggestion that people on the verge of retirement should move into teaching, despite some people suggesting she was ‘forcing octogenarians to lead PE lessons’.
She stressed that people should feel able to take up teaching at any time.
‘The age of the career for life is no more – the average person changes careers 5 to 7 times during their life.
‘I want more people to consider teaching as one of those changes.’
Mrs Morgan added: ‘I want lifelong teachers to have their work complemented by lessons from former civil engineers, stage managers, barristers and meteorologists.
‘I believe that those at the end of their careers have a huge amount to offer our classrooms.’
Read Nicky Morgan’s speech in full at: Nicky Morgan speaks about the inspirational impact of Teach First
I don’t know whether it will have any meaningful impact on the immediate recruitment issue (and it is certainly no excuse for losing good teachers from the profession when they might otherwise be persuaded to stay) but I do think Nicky Morgan makes a valid point about the way careers are changing.
This is not specific to teaching but cuts across numerous fields, meaning many professionals will have multiple careers in their lives. The idea of recruiting people in their 20s and having them stay in the same field for life makes less and less sense. Instead, I would suggest, all professions need to look at lifelong recruitment with people moving in and out of professions over time.
Have you become a teacher after a career elsewhere? if so, how has it worked out for you and would you recommend the move to others?
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