- Studying: 10%
- Employed in graduate job: 59%
- Employed in non-graduate job: 20%
- Unemployed: 5%
- Average graduate salary: £21,144
- Average non-graduate salary: £14,094
Education courses vary in content and depth but will generally equip students with knowledge of some of the following areas: educational issues; theories of learning; equality and diversity; education policy and practice; comparative studies of educational institutions in the UK and elsewhere; creativity and education; and an understanding of education in social, political and economic contexts. Consider the skills developed on your course as well as through your other activities, such as paid work, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport, membership of societies, leadership roles, etc. Think about how these can be used as evidence of your skills and personal attributes. Then you can start to market and sell who you really are, identify what you may be lacking and consider how to improve your profile.
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In 2010, almost three-quarters of those completing courses with qualified teacher status (QTS) went into full-time paid work after graduating, and 62% of these entered teaching.
Other education graduates generally enter jobs working directly with children or young people in a support capacity, or opt to apply for jobs for which any degree is acceptable, competing with graduates from other subjects.
Where are the jobs?
The main employers of education graduates are usually local government education authorities as they have the responsibility for schools. Some education graduates may go on to work in colleges or for private schools where you will be employed directly by the institution. Central government departments and universities also employ education graduates to work in policy or research roles.
Other employers in this area include museums, community and voluntary organisations.
Jobs directly related to your degree
The range of skills a degree in education gives you sets you up for a variety of different jobs:
- Primary school teacher
- Secondary school teacher
- Early years teacher
- Special educational needs teacher
- Further education lecturer
- Community education officer
- Youth worker
- Education administrator
Jobs where your degree would be useful
You could also apply the skills from your education degree to other jobs, such as:
- Learning mentor
- Careers adviser/personal adviser
- Museum education officer
- Social worker
- Training and development officer
Although some of the jobs listed here might not be first jobs for many graduates, they are among the many realistic possibilities with your degree, provided you can demonstrate you have the attributes employers are looking for. Bear in mind that it's not just your degree discipline that determines your options. Remember that many graduate vacancies don't specify particular degree disciplines, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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