A SOLIHULL schooteacher is encouraging university students and recent graduates in the West Midlands to consider teaching if they want personal growth opportunities as much as career progression.
It comes after a survey for Get into Teaching found 64 per cent of those asked agreed they have experienced fewer ‘breakthrough moments’ during the pandemic – moments in time where they felt they were progressing in their life, studies or work.
Aimee Delaney, aged 21, a primary school teacher at Yardley Primary School, Solihull, said: “Breakthrough moments, however small or large, are a part of school life for both teachers and students.
“Knowing that you can have such a positive impact on people’s lives that extends well beyond the classroom makes teaching a very special job role.
“For me there is no feeling like it when a child has been struggling, and they finally get the ‘light bulb moment’.
“When a child achieves something they struggled with or does something they never thought they’d be able to, their little proud dance makes my heart melt with happiness!
“I am so blessed to be a teacher, and to watch these children overcome obstacles on a daily basis.”
Roger Pope of Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said: “Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic many students and graduates are re-evaluating their future career plans and considering which industries, or parts of society, they want to work in.
“Our research highlights how the newest entrants to the jobs market are looking for a career that offers opportunities for personal growth alongside traditional career progression opportunities.
“I would urge anyone who is motivated by the prospect of work that has meaning and purpose – where your achievements are rooted in helping young people to flourish in the world – to consider teaching as a career. In teaching, no two days are the same but it is also a stable career with exciting career progression opportunities.”
For more information visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.