By Dr Gemma Lace
Teaching careers are rewarding and varied. They require additional qualifications such as a PGCE but will allow you to work in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in the UK or even abroad. They allow you to share your passion for and knowledge in a subject with children and young people, and thus be a part of inspiring the next generation of scientists, healthcare workers, health professionals and teachers.
At our best, we are all teachers.Maya Angelou
Where it starts after graduating: You will commence postgraduate teacher training, for instance by doing a taught PGCE or enrolling onto teach first.
Where you can end up: You could work as a teacher in primary, high school or even a college. You may end up becoming a subject head, head teacher or principal. You may even join the local council and shape OFSTED or local educational policies.
Benefits of a career in the field: Working closely with students and families is very rewarding. This career offers geographical stability and there is a clear route for career advancement (e.g. to Head of Department, Headteacher). Many teachers also spend time teaching abroad!
The Biomedicine Teaching Support Group has been established to support all those interested in teaching careers. Whether you want to be a primary or secondary school teacher and need application support, or whether you have realised teaching and mentoring skills are key to most areas of graduate employment, this support network can help you develop your CV and enhance your professional skillset. The network officially launched on the 17th of March with the ‘Teaching Careers Symposium’ which featured external speakers, CV enhancement talks and an engaging panel discussion to help network members get ahead of the game, learn about Salford public engagement and outreach opportunities and receive top advice from experienced teachers. Join the Biomedicine Teaching Support Group for more information.