Millennials look to teaching for a stable career

New research released by Censuswide shows that millennials, the newest entrants to the job market, are looking for personal fulfilment in their careers with 50% of them wanting to feel that their job is worthwhile.

Around three quarters, 76%, of students and recent graduates in Southampton feel that emotional rewards in their future career are equally – or more important – than practical ones.

A survey of over 3,000 students and graduates, for the national Get Into Teaching campaign, found that this generation is motivated by altruistic goals with 42% in Southampton wanting to make a positive contribution to society. A third are also looking for a job that will give them a sense of pride.

The recession and the changing world of work may have influenced Southampton-based millennials, as half report that good job security is an important practical element of their future career, with a further 33% saying clear progression routes are a key consideration.

Censuswide found that young people view teaching as a career positively, with almost two-thirds feeling that being a teacher would provide more daily emotional rewards than most other careers. Moreover, almost half of current degree-level students and recent graduates in Southampton say they have experience of working with young people on a voluntary basis.

Roger Pope
Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching Campaign.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching Campaign and Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership said:

“The research also shows that students and graduates in Southampton are looking for secure, fulfilling and impactful careers, which is why teaching should be a real consideration for them. It marries the things that this cohort cares most about: helping make a difference to other people and the world around us, whilst also allowing committed and dedicated professionals to pursue their own career goals.”

According to the Censuswide survey, 88% of students and graduates in Southampton also believe teaching would be a fulfilling career most or all of the time, with nearly half of them believing teaching to be in the top five jobs that make a positive impact on today’s society.

Will Emeny, Head of Mathematics at Wyvern College in Eastleigh said:

“Teaching is a job that I’m incredibly proud to do. As a graduate, I had lots of choices of potential careers, but I was drawn to teaching. Ultimately, I wanted a career that was rewarding and teaching ticks all the boxes – I get to inspire people in a subject I’m passionate about, it is full of emotional rewards and I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile every day.”

The Get Into Teaching team organises online and face-to-face events where students and graduates can speak to those within the profession and find out more about the teacher training options, school experience and the benefits a career in teaching offers.

There is government funding for trainee candidates who want to follow this path. Tax-free bursaries to train as a teacher in key subjects such as science, computing and geography are available. Alternatively, scholarships are offered in priority subjects for graduates with a 2:1 or above.

By Varrie Young

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