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9 reasons to get into teaching

There can be few things as rewarding as making a tangible difference in shaping the lives of young people, inspiring and mentoring them to become the best they can be. Below are nine of the best reasons to get into teaching, with experiences from some current teachers.

1. Inspire the next generation

By becoming a teacher you'll get job satisfaction that few will experience. Other than parents, teachers have arguably the biggest influence on a child's life. The visible results you'll see from pupils are guaranteed to send you home with a sense of pride!

"Teaching really is a job like no other and it's only once you start doing it that you realise how highly skilled it all is.  My organisational skills and confidence have definitely improved."
Martin Kelly, French

2. A true vocation

Much like doctors, nurses and vets, teaching is more than just a job. It's a true vocation. Many people work to live, but the rewarding nature means teachers get job satisfaction unmatched by most professions!

3. A passion for the subject

There are few who can use their passion in their job. Teachers get to do this every day, with the opportunity to instil this enthusiasm in their pupils. 

“I have always had a real passion for languages and the desire to pass this on to others and to help young people develop was my main reason for deciding to train as a teacher,” 
Nikki Ansell, German & French

4. A clear career path

If you have a desire to progress in your career, teaching has a very clear path to do so. From heads of department to headteacher, there are opportunities to go as high as you'd want to. 

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5. Salary benefits

A career in teaching provides generous financial packages. Newly qualified teachers in their probation year currently start on a salary of £22,866* in Scotland. Secondary teachers get an additional £8,000 if they choose to complete their probationary year anywhere in Scotland, while primary teachers get £6,000 extra.

After you're fully registered, this increases incrementally over the first five years from £27,438 to £36,480*. Head teachers can also earn up to £88,056* in Scotland's largest schools.

Source: The Educational Institute of Scotland (last accessed 28 November 2018)

6. International opportunities

Most countries highly value Scottish teacher training and your degree opens up doors to explore the world. From Asia to North Amercia, Australia to the Middle East, there are so many opportunities open to graduates - particularly after a few years' experience. 

7. Job security

Unlike much of the private sector, teaching offers great job security! If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're also guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate.

8. Great for families

Teaching is a unique job in more ways than one. If you've got, or plan to have a family, you'll largely share the same holidays as your children - great for spending quality time together!

9. Be a lifelong learner

Nothing encourages you to continue to learn more about a topic than when you're teaching it! Children are inquisitive, often asking questions you'd never thought of. This allows you to constantly research new finding and technologies to introduce to your students.