Why Teachers went into Teaching

Having a sense of ‘wanting to make a difference’ is one of the main reasons teachers want to go into the profession, according to a UKEdChat Survey. In the straw poll, educators also revealed that other main reasons they went into teaching were the love of working with children / students plus being a vocation they wanted to follow.

Other teachers were inspired by their parents, following in their footsteps and the allure of the holiday periods. Some individual responses included:

  • My history teacher inspired me.
  • I wanted a job that would allow me to use my subject.
  • To fit in with my children’s hours.
  • Wanted to work with music and kids.
  • Unable to get employment in chosen career.
  • I wanted to be a travel photographer, my university lecturer convinced me teaching would be a better idea!
  • It was something I was supposed to do for a bit and haven’t managed to find an alternative.
  • Not many choices for school leavers in 1968.

Encouragingly, only a few responses admitted that they didn’t know what else to do with their lives and 5% chose teaching for the pay and career opportunities.

The survey was completed by a vast range of teachers with teaching experience from 1972, all the way through to those enjoying their induction year in the profession this academic year. The average starting year of all participants was 2002.

A majority of participants were based within the UK, but other responses received were from: Peru; Turkey; Thailand; South Africa; China; Guernsey; Abu Dhabi; Pakistan; Australia; New Zealand; USA.

The survey received 168 responses, undertaken during November 2013.

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