In today's tough economy, more people are choosing to retrain to become teachers. They find themselves at a crossroad in their careers. With all of these people out of work and more prospective employees graduating from college each year, finding a new position can prove to be difficult. They find that having a well written CV and cover letter is not enough. Cover letters, being the first impression that an employer gets, are extremely important. As the pool of prospective workers is ever-increasing and the pool of positions is dwindling, people are faced with making a choice to enter less lucrative positions in education or continue pursuing a new position. A lot of displaced workers are choosing to take on teaching professions instead of returning to their previous profession. Teaching jobs offer several key advantages over other choices. These advantages are considered to be very important to some people.
First, teaching jobs offer tremendous flexibility for employees with children. Not having to pay for childcare when school is not in session is a big plus when considering a career change. And given the added benefit of having summers and most holidays off, some find it hard to refuse.
Secondly, teaching positions are plentiful. After years of being shunned for low pay, the job market for teachers is good. As population increases, so does the need for quality teaching professionals. College graduates are still not eager to choose teaching as a career. College tuition is up and therefore more students are taking out student loans to pay for college. This pushes the new graduate to enter the workforce without considering positions in education.
Lastly, there is a great deal of job security involved in teaching. Teachers are hired by student enrollment and that is always rising. This makes the need for teachers greater each year. Teachers don't lose their jobs easily. Unless there is some kind of incompetence, which is very difficult to prove.
There are two groups of people that choose to teach. Some choose to begin teaching after spending years working in the private sector. They have been caught up in the growing lists of unemployed and are looking for more stable work. They bring a wealth of subject knowledge as well as real-world hands-on experience. This makes them excellent purveyors of instruction. It also means that the retraining process will be shorter because the only training they need is in the field of education. Then, there are those college students that genuinely feel the desire to teach. They want to mold young minds and prepare them for the future. Either way it can only benefit the next generation to have a better quality of instruction.