Graduated in teaching? Here’s what to do next

If you’ve studied for a teaching qualification, you may think your next step has been clearly laid out for you. However, as shown through recent research by Simply Education, this isn’t always the case.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve studied, the time immediately following your graduation can be incredibly stressful. You may feel under pressure to jump straight into the world of full-time work, but we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to put your dreams on hold just yet. There are still a few options that will give you the chance to grow and explore more of the world before you settle into your career.

In fact, one of the most popular options for newly qualified teachers is pursuing a job teaching English as a second language. Plenty of countries, whether in Europe or further afield, are always on the lookout for people like you. This will give you a chance to gain further experience, potentially in an environment that’s out of your comfort zone, while learning more about a different culture.

Travelling may not be for you, and if that’s the case, you might want to take a look at routes toward a more permanent position. You’ll first be required to complete an NQT Induction year, a statutory twelve-month programme that will allow you to become legally employed within a maintained school. During this time you’ll be monitored, observed, and supported so that you can progress as best you can in your next position.

NQT years can also be undertaken in supply teaching jobs. This usually involves a lighter workload and often a more flexible timetable, meaning it’s a great option if you have a family or other commitments that prevent you from taking up a permanent position right away.

Let’s not forget – you’ll always have the option to go into further study with a postgraduate qualification that can give you the chance to specialise in a specific area of education. This may give you a better chance to gain a permanent position in the future.