17 Dec 2021
By Mark Richards,
Changing career is a decision that should never be taken lightly. However, whatever your reasons might be for wanting to do something different, if you carefully plan your move, it can turn out to be incredibly rewarding. And it doesn’t matter if you are 25 or 55.
Coronavirus has had a massive impact on the country and the whole world. There are few aspects of society that have been left untouched by the pandemic. Employment is something that has been affected more than most.
A study conducted in September 2020 found that 20% of British workers felt that their job was at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic. A similar number (22%) said that they were considering a career change.
Over 12 months on and with the end of furlough, even more people might be having similar thoughts and concerns. Coronavirus will have forced many people’s hand. Some will need to find a new career for the simple fact that their old job no longer exists. But even for many who have kept their jobs, the pandemic has prompted a period of reflection and re-evaluation. Everybody had to live life very differently because of pandemic and it made many people think about whether they really want to return to exactly how things were before coronavirus struck.
Changing career is something which involves a lot of thought, planning and effort. However, it's something that is definitely worth thinking about. Your job satisfaction, enjoyment levels, and general wellbeing are bound to improve if you can find a career that you feel more passionately about.
There are certain professions which have proved popular with career changers over the years. Teaching is definitely one of those. It helps that you can enter areas of education from a range of different backgrounds. Indeed, education careers are ideally suited to those who can offer experience of working in other sectors.
There has never been a better time to get involved in education either. Much has been made of how young people have missed out considerably due to the pandemic. There is an urgent need to get pupils back on track and to ensure that every pupil can catch up academically. The ‘recovery’ is vital and rewarding work. Young people need dedicated and highly skilled professionals to support and guide them.
For those who maybe don’t see themselves entering the profession as a full-time teacher, there are numerous roles within the education sector that still could be of interest – and that are highly important and very rewarding roles. The mental health of young people is of paramount importance and much intervention – academic and otherwise – will be necessary over the coming years.
All in all, whether you are considering a complete shift of career into the world of teaching, or see yourself more in a supportive role, there are plenty of options available right now.
If you want to make a career change after COVID, education could be the right place to look.
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