Dear John: What alternatives to teaching are out there in the education sector?


I’m thinking about leaving teaching after 10 years, no major issues I just don’t get the same buzz as I used to and want to do something else. What roles are easy to get into without taking a massive pay cut? (I’m on SMT and on a nice sum)

Educational psychology sounds good but my first degree isn’t in psychology so may take years to do. I’d love to hear about experiences of others who have left teaching and what they went to do?


Educational psychology might take you three to five years to retrain and probably wouldn’t be worth the effort from a financial perspective. Work with local authorities, inspections, SIPs, and many other education related jobs advertised in the general section of the TES are obvious places to start. There is also higher education and teacher training to consider as options, although jobs are relatively few and far between. Beyond the public sector, there are charity and other jobs with people that your person management skills may make you suitable for but you may lack technical knowledge.

Teachers do enter the police, prison service, youth service and probation as other areas of career change. In some cases you might need to enter at a lower salary and look to progress up the career ladder. Then, there are opportunities for setting up your own business if you have particular skills. I am sorry you have lost the zest for teaching, but there are lots of other opportunities. Start by conducting a personal skills audit to see what you want from a job and can offer a potential employer.


John Howson worked as a secondary school teacher in London for seven years before moving into teacher training andconsultancy, including a brief period as a chief government advisor. John is now a recruitment analyst, visiting professor ofeducation at OxfordBrookes University and hosts our Career Clinic where you can post questions to him.