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FE - Looking to jump career in 2 years

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Crofty1984, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Hello all,
    I'm interested in becoming a further education teacher/lecturer. College/adult education/prisons, that kind of thing. For a variety of boring and grown up reasons I'll not be in a position to make the move for a couple of years. I'll also be working full-time.
    I'm interested to know what I should be doing now to put myself in the best position when the time comes. If I need to spend 2 years studying in the evening I might as well start it now.

    A bit about me - I'm currently 35 - a sales engineer and have been in engineering over a variety of disciplines forthe last 12 years. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from a decent uni, but I got a poor grade (although I did pass). Surprise, surprise I'd be looking to teach Maths, Science, Engineering type subjects!
    I've been told about a level 3 introduction to teaching FE course that's 10/12 evenings. Mostly for the networking opportunities so I'd be tempted to leave that until I'm closer to "the move". But maybe that's wrong of me.
    Unfortunately money is an issue - I've looked at bills/spending money/mortgage, etc and would really need to earn about £35k fairly soon. It's a heck of a pay cut from what I'm on now but I realise it's hardly pennies. How realistic is that?

    I did go to an open day at my local college last year but if I'm honest it took the wind out of my sails a bit. I left with the impression that in their eyes if person A has a first in baking, he's perfectly qualified to teach science, but if person B has a degree in engineering and a decade of industrial experience, plus some STEM volunteer work, he's not even getting let on the training course because of his grades 15 years ago. No offence to any bakers! I certainly do not have the figure of a man averse to baked goods.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    With no teaching experience, no qualification and a weak degree it isn't realistic at all to expect to reach the top of the qualified lecturer pay scale quickly.
    pepper5 and agathamorse like this.

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