National Careers Week: Why We Should Inspire New Generations to Consider a Career in Education

National Careers Week is a unique opportunity to show young students the avenues available to them, get them thinking about their professional future, and most importantly – inspire them.

Too many young people are unsure about what the world of employment entails, and advising them through the right resources is a key part of building up our future workforce.

This National Careers Week, we shine a light on the extraordinary career options available in education and the importance of promoting the benefits of the industry to young people.

Why use National Careers Week to promote education

National Careers Week activities can help students identify their skills and interests, compare different career paths and plan their next steps.

Often, all that’s needed to push young people in the right direction is having access to effective sources of information and support, which are not always available to them.

There is a common lack of understanding of certain industries and professions, what they entail and how to get into them. This is particularly true of education, with many youngsters being unaware of the opportunities the industry holds and how to access them.

This can be particularly detrimental, holding back young people who may be perfectly suited to the profession, as well as negatively affecting the sector as a whole.

With educational establishments and educators playing such a key role in steering young individuals in the right direction, promoting the benefits of a career in education – an often-undervalued industry – should be a key part of NCW.

Education: an industry of innovation and fulfilment

As education recruitment specialists with 28 years of experience in building rewarding careers for jobseekers, The Protocol Group’s work is a testament to the benefits that come with embarking on a career in education.

Working in education means playing a key role in shaping the minds of future generations – undoubtedly a crucial responsibility, but one that brings about an extraordinary sense of fulfilment.

Educators are drivers of innovation, positive transformation and skills development, being instrumental in helping build relevant skills and enhance employability – something that is vital for the financial success and wellbeing of future generations, as well as the welfare of our society and economy.

Overcoming current challenges within the sector

Education is currently being overlooked due to issues such as high stress, which is in itself caused by low recruitment rates leaving gaps in institutions, leading to staff being overworked – a sort of vicious cycle.
There are certainly factors beyond our control, such as the cost-of-living crisis having exacerbated issues with pay, making recruitment more challenging and causing some to leave the industry.
However, part of the problem is that the vast variety of roles available aren’t being properly promoted to young people.
To solve the issue at its root, getting more young people interested in the profession is a priority. By investing in the next generation of educators, we ensure the continuity of quality education and contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of both individuals and communities.

Promoting the breadth of career options available

While teaching is an impactful and fulfilling career at the forefront of the education industry, it is not the only way to have a positive impact on young minds.

Areas such as learning support, educational leadership, curriculum development, administrative support and school counselling are extremely rewarding, offering diverse ways to positively impact young minds and make a difference in their lives.

What’s more, a career in Special Educational Needs (SEN), involving creating inclusive environments and adapting teaching strategies to suit the unique needs of children with disabilities, plays a huge part in breaking down barriers and creating long-term positive change.

Through National Careers Week, educational establishments and organisations have a duty to engage, educate and overall support students through what can be challenging and often overwhelming decisions.

It is vital that young people learn about both the benefits and the challenges relating to specific industries, and that we communicate effectively to facilitate better decision-making in the future.
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