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Help I'm 41

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by lee_vardy15, Aug 31, 2019.



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  1. Hi everyone I'm 41 and have been in construction pretty much all my life and I'm getting really bored and fancy something challenging and rewarding for my later years I know teaching will be hard work but am I to late to learn this career path?
  2. TrueFaith

    TrueFaith New commenter

    In a word, no.

    In my own school this year, we had a good few mature trainees. Before taking the plunge, see if you can volunteer to spend some time in a school to see what it's like.
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    You would make more money and get less stress doing plumbing or electrics!
    harsh-but-fair likes this.
  4. teselectronic

    teselectronic Occasional commenter

    Hi Lee, go for it and don't let anyone influence you not to.
    I was offered directorship in an Engineering company, but turned it down to Teach, the eldest in the family suggested I was making the wrong decision.
    It's the best move I've ever made and I'm proud to say my contributions have been quite significant.
    Last year I helped a boy in year 5, who achieved a zero score in his test prior to moving into year 6, he's now in the top set in a School, who have eight sets.
    Teaching is not easy, however, it is very rewarding; you must be prepared to work hard.
    To conclude, go for it with enthusiasm and enjoy.
  5. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    As an unqualified/trainee/ newly qualified teacher you will probably get a job reasonably quickly.

    Teaching can be rewarding and it is certainly challenging.

    Once you gain experience you will become expensive and find it more difficult to get a job. This is when your age may be a factor (although it won’t be acknowledged).

    This may change if scheme for flat pay scale takes off....

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