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Could I teach Business Studies as a 2nd Subject??

Discussion in 'Business studies' started by ellis_j, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Hi, I'm in the process of applying for teacher training, related to my degree specialism (Sociology/HSC). However, for the last 14 years, I've worked successfully in project management in the private/corporate sectors across many specialisms such as Finance, HR, IT, Customer Service, Org Design, Policy, Marketing. I'm in a senior management position and have worked extensively across many business related topics.
    I also have many vocational qualifications in Management & Leadership (L4), PRINCE 2 project management methodology, I'm an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, etc etc. I feel I have a wealth of work related experience and knowledge and I would love to think I could also teach Business Studies, as I am as passionate about Business as I am my degree subject and ITT specialism.
    Could I sell this as my second subject - would schools welcome this type of experience and knowledge into the Business Studies classroom, without having a relevant degree and training in a different specialism?
    I'm keen to be as employable as possible, and would love to think my work experience to date would also make me a good candidate for teaching another subject.
    Any advice/info appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Hi, I'm in the process of applying for teacher training, related to my degree specialism (Sociology/HSC). However, for the last 14 years, I've worked successfully in project management in the private/corporate sectors across many specialisms such as Finance, HR, IT, Customer Service, Org Design, Policy, Marketing. I'm in a senior management position and have worked extensively across many business related topics.
    I also have many vocational qualifications in Management & Leadership (L4), PRINCE 2 project management methodology, I'm an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, etc etc. I feel I have a wealth of work related experience and knowledge and I would love to think I could also teach Business Studies, as I am as passionate about Business as I am my degree subject and ITT specialism.
    Could I sell this as my second subject - would schools welcome this type of experience and knowledge into the Business Studies classroom, without having a relevant degree and training in a different specialism?
    I'm keen to be as employable as possible, and would love to think my work experience to date would also make me a good candidate for teaching another subject.
    Any advice/info appreciated. Thanks.
     
  3. In a word, yes.
     
  4. Its admiral what you are trying to do and i know we all need to be employable as possible. HOwever as a head of dept in a teaching school - the new training schools... I have had a traininee almost every year for the last 6 years and the biggist mistake that they make is assuming that because they have had some kind of job that they can stand in front of students and teach business studies. Clearly you have studied for a PGCE and have the skills of teaching under your belt - something they don't have. But if you wanted to impress me you would have a good working knowledge of the KS4 and 5 courses and syllabus contents and show that you can teach your clearly extensive knowledge at an appropriate level. The worst it got for me was someone who was hired primarily as an ICT teacher but claimed in interview that she could teach Business too. I wasn't in the interview so had no real choice about it. By the novemeber she was in with the head admiting that she had never actually taught it before and couldn't cope - the head then swaped her out with the deputy for the rest of the year.
    You could try offering it but be prepared. Imagine how you would feel about your subject (sociology?) if i said i could teach it becuase i understood about how society works. Business is just as complex as Sociology and needs a passionate teacher who can inspire the next generation of Alan Sugars!
     
  5. Moocow, likewise. Economics is a beast!! Economics teachers can teach Business Studies very easily indeed... the other way around, most likely not.
    As far as the OP is concerned, take A-Level Business Studies yourself. Then the answer will be "Yes. Of course" Just sit the exams at a local centre and teach yourself the syllabus. This will nearly guarantee, with your PGCE, the ability to teach the subject at FE!
    I was sent to a conference by my HoD and as such, my Break-Even Analysis lesson was covered by a colleague from another department who could apparently teach Business Studies.
    Obviously, not. I spent the next week or two picking up the pieces from the cover-lesson. Which is generally not the idea of a cover lesson. :)
     
  6. My degree is in economics and I taught HL maths for 25 years then switched to IB HL business studies. My MA Ed also helped as I did some HRM in this. I don't know if a sociology degree will help that much. To me it really depends how good a teacher you are. Business is not rocket science (to a math teacher!) and and there are loads more resources and interesting ways of teaching it. If you really want to do it and like the subject you should be able to do it. Good luck.
     
  7. "Business is not rocket science (to a math teacher!) "
    Interesting. When was the last time a maths teacher taught (a) functionality (b) about careers within maths and (c) about the transferability of the skills to other subjects and the job market.
    To me, maths teachers have it cushy! They get to set, they get to mark with a tick or a cross, they get all the resources in the world thrown at them and take very little responsibility for developing students rather than passing exams. Of course that is only based on experience.
     


  8. Hi,

    You may like to think about which subject you really want to teach. My degree is in History. Very naively I chose to teach Business as I made the assumption the students would be more motivated as they had chosen the subject. I love History and did not want to feel I was dragging the students through a subject they 'had' to do.
    Like you I had many years Business experience having attained the Marketing Diploma and had UK and international experience.
    Benefits: students are pleased to be taught by someone who has real life experience of business. By having real life experience I am better able than most to explain aspects of business in class. Those are the advantages.
    What ever subject you choose to teach it is going to be hard. I enjoy the constant changes in the business world as it means I can bring those stories and trends into the classroom. At A Level the students are meant to do that themselves (BTW they don't) but it does help to be on top of or ahead of the game. What you are unlikely to be able to do is teach Economics. It does require degree level experience of it as, frankly, there is a logic there I have completely missed.
    Downsides are the same in any subject. How to get and keep students motivated? How to get them to write a better essay etc etc?
    Unless your course provides the support to teach 2 subjects I query your decision to try and teach both. You will have twice as much to learn and at least two, if not 4, exam boards to get to grips with. Why make your life twice as hard?
     
  9. Completely agree with jj56 - Go for it!

    Finance is generally considered by students as the most challenging and therefore can be a difficult topic to teach so check over some of the financial requirements of A2 and then make your decision.

    Best of luck
     

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