Next steps as a newly graduated teacher

Now that you’ve got your degree done and dusted, you’re probably thinking about how you can jump straight into your teaching career. Luckily, there are a number of routes you can take to slide into a role that’s right for you.

Find your ideal NQT environment

As a recent graduate you’ll need to complete a twelve-month Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction before you can progress any further with your career. Usually, graduates will  complete this in a permanent position, gaining an insight into exactly what their career will be like. While the workload can be hefty and tiring, this option will give you the security you may be looking for post-graduation.

Alternatively, you might want to complete your NQT induction as a supply teacher. Supply teaching jobs allow you to build confidence in different environments while having the flexibility to work around other ongoing commitments.

Explore more of the world

Of course, you don’t have to be tied down by a permanent position right away. If you’re still hoping to explore more of the world then you might consider teaching English as a foreign language. Schools far and wide are looking for qualified and experienced teachers that can help them with their language teaching. This is a great option if you’re not quite ready to join the demanding teaching workforce.

Further your knowledge

If you think you want to specialise in a certain area of teaching, a postgraduate degree may be the best option. There are a number of training programmes available depending on your current qualifications and experience. Most will involve a mixture of practical classroom work and academic study. Take a look at the UCAS Teacher Training Scheme for more information about how you can apply.


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