career: Education

What's it all about

The most obvious career path in education is to train as a teacher, which opens up plenty of career opportunities both in schools and elsewhere.

You have to meet a set of official standards to qualify and work in state schools, and the requirements include having a degree and completing postgraduate training. However, there are plenty of other roles in education and related areas such as childcare that are suitable for school leavers.

Within schools, there are many roles that need to be filled besides teachers. Admin and reception roles do not require a degree, and neither do TA and hospitality roles.

What could I be doing? 

What could I be doing?

  • Teaching assistant work
  • Childcare.
  • Playwork
  • Youth work
  • Breakfast club
  • Admin
  • Receptionists

Routes in

There are a few ways for you to get into a role in education without going to university. The first is a Graduate Teacher Training programme (GTT) and this involves you working as a unqualified teacher while you gain the qualifications you need. It could take between three months to a year to earn the qualification – which is an awful lot shorter than four years at university!
If you have two or more years of higher education and have the GCSE requirements you may qualify for the Registered Teacher Programme (RTP). The training involves a combination of work and study and generally takes two years to complete. The school pays you on a minimum of ‘point one’ of the unqualified teacher salary rate. Your training provider can also receive a grant from the TDA of up to £9,100 over the two years to cover expenses associated with your training.

To take part, the first step is to find a school willing to employ you and support you through the programme. You then need to apply directly to your local. They will assess your application and establish what further training you would need to meet the standards for QTS.

If you don’t want to be a teacher, there are other ways to kick start your career. If you want to be a TA, administrator or assistant for example, you can do so without going to uni. Try to amp up your CV with some school-based work experience before you start applying for jobs to make you stand out from the crowd.

What skills do I need 

What skills do I need

  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Friendly
  • Organised
  • Time management
  • Creative
  • Likes children

Been there, done that

We’re still on the hunt for a fabulous case study to show us how it’s done. Are you #DoingItWithoutADegree in this field? Then get in touch by emailing hattie@unisnotforme.com to find out how you can inspire our ambitious school leavers.


Expert opinion

Are you an expert in this field? Then we want you to tell us what it takes to make it in this industry. Get in touch by emailing us at hattie@unisnotforme.com to find out more.



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