What else can I do with an education or teaching degree?

What else can I do with an education or teaching degree?

If you’ve realised that a career working with children in schools isn’t for you, this guide will help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Teachers are natural leaders, and are well suited to management roles. Another obvious career option for graduates with education degrees is teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) or teaching English as a second language (TESL). You’ll need to get a suitable qualification to do this. Other alternative careers related to education include careers guidance and family support work.

Teaching is a tough profession, and it’s not for everyone. Newly qualified teachers often find the first year in the job particularly hard going. If you’re in this situation, and are thinking about a career change, remember that you’re not alone and many others have found it difficult at first, before gaining confidence with experience.

You should also have developed the following skills:

  • time management
  • problem solving skills
  • communication skills
  • management skills
  • lateral thinking
  • bravery
  • altruism
  • humility.

Other potential career options include:

  • social work
  • civil service
  • consulting
  • publishing

Teaching is also a common starter career for the stars. Consider the following people, and what they went on to do:

  • Sting
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Stephen King
  • Gene Simmons
  • JK Rowling