Teaching & education

Want to work in education? Yes Miss!

A career in the education sector can be both extremely challenging and incredibly rewarding. 

The majority of the work in this industry is in teaching, which can be in a school setting, further education college or university. There are also opportunities for teaching roles in hospitals, prisons, abroad and private tutoring. But there are other important roles in research, policy making, administration and technical support.

What kind of teaching work can I do?

Teaching Roles

A vast amount of teachers site job satisfaction as a top perk of the job - with many educators gaining great satisfaction from helping their students learn and develop, whilst exploring a subject area they are passionate about.

Teaching is not an easy ride though - and there will always be difficult students, and class control may be challenging.

As a teacher you will be expected to deliver structured lessons, lectures and seminars as well as aiding students with private tuition, assignment marking and extra curricular activities.

Teachers are entitled to 13 weeks holiday a year and Further Education and Higher Education lecturers usually have at least 35 days annual leave. Although Higher Education lecturers will be expected to undertake research in these vacations.

The teaching profession has great scope for career progression with employees being promoted to head teachers, heads of departments and deputy heads. Retired teachers can often become school and college inspectors.

Non-Teaching Roles

There are many non-teaching posts available in the education sector for graduates. These include roles in:

  • Management;
  • Finance;
  • Administration;
  • Libraries;
  • Careers and welfare advice;
  • Educational psychology;
  • IT and technical support;
  • Catering and accommodation;
  • Maintenance and security.

What are teaching employers looking for?

For the majority of roles in the education sector you will need to be educated to degree level (although for administration and catering roles a degree is not normally required).

To work as a teacher you will need to of done a PGCE which is usually a year long course. Most universities like their lecturers to be educacted to masters if not doctorate level. Although in vocational subjects some universities favour industry experience over academic qualifications.

For all jobs that involving working with minors employees with need to be CRB checked- so a clean criminal record is essential.

Is teaching the right career for you?

Careers in the education sector involve variety, people skills, leadership, patience and hard work. A lot of the work is found in schools so it is vital that you like working with young people and can engage well with others and orchestrate authority.


Key articles for teaching graduates:

Recruiters in this sector:

Aberystwyth University

Where you study is important, the place determines the quality of life you enjoy, the opportunities open to you and the time available for academic

Academic Knowledge

Academic Knowledge offers a wide range of services, meaning that every day of work for us is unique.

Academic Minds

Academic Minds provides world class private education services that exploit a range of technical innovations.

Academies Enterprise Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national family of 62 schools committed to delivering an excellent education that launches all the children in our care into a remarkable life.

Access Creative College

Access Creative College is more than just a college; we are a hub for young creative entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of the creative industries.

Alexander Partners

Alexander Partners provide recent graduates, final year students and apprentices one-to-one mentoring on career opportunities.

Arden University

At Arden, we believe everyone, everywhere has the right to higher education.

Ark Teacher Training

Great teachers transform lives and Ark Teacher Training exists to make sure that every young person regardless of their background, has access to one.

Arthur Terry School

The Arthur Terry School is the top performing comprehensive school in the Birmingham area and the lead school in a successful Teaching School Alliance.

Aspire People

Established in 2004 by Michaela Powell, Aspire People is the busiest and most reputable education recruitment agency.

Aston University

Aston is an old university with a proven history of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

Barr Beacon School

Barr Beacon SCITT is a centre for Initial Teacher Training within the West Midlands region.

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University welcomes over 24,000 students from some 80 countries to study with us. We are situated in Birmingham, in the UK’s second-largest city with a population of around one million people.

Brunel University London

The School of Engineering and Design is one of the largest and most successful engineering and design Schools in the UK


With work, travel and volunteering opportunities around the world, travelling with BUNAC will be one of the most fun, challenging and rewarding experiences you'll ever have!

Canary Talk

Canary Talk’s focus is to take students who are searching for their first ever job through a structured programme designed to help them achieve their career ambitions and goals.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has been identified as one of the top providers of initial teacher training in the country.

CASE - Council for Advancement and Support of Education

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals

Cass Business School

With over 50 years at the leading edge of research and business education, we attract some of the best academics, students and businesses worldwide into our exclusive Cass community.

CGP Books

CGP has grown quickly to become the most successful and respected educational publisher in the UK.

Chel-C Education

Based in central London, we are a subsidiary company of Keyword Education, focusing on developing high quality teaching resources to provide English and Chinese language training services for young children.

Coventry University

Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists as the Coventry School of Design in 1843, Coventry University Group is a dynamic and outward-looking collection of institutions with a tradition of teaching excellence, impactful research and bold international initiatives and partnerships.

Coventry University London Campus

Coventry University offers a wide range of courses at postgraduate level; both taught and research programmes, full-time and part-time.

Department for Education

Have you considered a career in teaching? Get young people inspired by the subject you love and go home every day knowing you’ve made a difference to your local community.


E-ACT is a Multi Academy Trust and we are always on the lookout for dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic people. Find out more at GradJobs.co.uk

Echo Education

Echo Education helps to create a better education for kids in China through excellent English teachers from all over the world.

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill has been providing higher education for 125 years, based on an ethos of opportunity through excellence.

EF English First

EF English First, a division of EF Education First the world’s leading privately owned education company.


At EmployAbility we work with disabled students and graduates to ease the transition from education to employment.

ESCP Europe Business School

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world's first business school and has educated generations of leaders and forward-thinkers.

ESL Education

Since 1996, ESL has grown to become one of Europe's leading international education providers


Interested in teaching English abroad but unsure how to go about it? ESLstarter is the perfect place to start.

FE Advice

FE Advice is the go to information and advice service for anyone interested in teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Global Banking School

Global Banking School offers instructor-led investment banking training to global banks, private equity and more

Haybridge Alliance SCITT

School Direct is an exciting and challenging training route, which attracts a wide variety of graduates into the teaching profession including those s

Holland Park Tuition & Education Consultants

Since 2004, Holland Park Tuition & Education Consultants has been a leading source of private tutors and educational guidance.

Horizon Teachers

We are a London based education recruitment consultancy that works with Primary, Secondary and SEN Schools, Teachers and Support Staff across London and the South East.

Houhai English

We’re teachers and students, creatives and analysts, visionaries and doers. Together, we open students to the world through education, and break down barriers of language, culture and geography in the classroom.

Inspired Learning Group

Inspired Learning Group (ILG) a growing group of independent preparatory schools and nurseries in the South East of England and we are looking to recruit a range of experienced nursery staff for our nurseries across London.

International House London

International House London is no. 1 Language school in Central London judged by the latest British Council inspections.

International House World Organisation

Considering your options after graduating? Interested in combining adventure with a lifelong career? Find out where a journey in TEFL could take you with International House World Organisation.

Kids English Thailand

Kids-English Thailand, founded in 2009, is a fully licensed education recruitment company based in Sukhothai, Thailand.

Lattitude Global Volunteering

We are an international youth development organisation that provides voluntary work experience/internship-style placements for young people.

Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu is the leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes steeped in history with a rich heritage spanning over 120 years.

Mindhill Talent

China is a large country with plenty of opportunities and a growing economy in the teaching industry that requires its community and employees. We, as a recruiting agency, provide you a smooth transition from here to there and help provide the support and communication you need between you and your employer.


mthree is an emerging talent partner, delivering technology talent through our sourcing and training services across the globe. We work with a range of clients from global investment banks to up-and-coming FinTech’s.

Newcastle University

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for our postgraduate students.


The NOVA brand delivers high-quality instruction and other language services to those who wish to improve their communicative proficiency in foreign languages.

Premier Pathways

Premier Pathways is a two-year teacher training programme for graduates seeking a salaried and comprehensive route to a career in education.

Prospero Teaching

Prospero Teaching is a multi Award-Winning, Teaching Agency offering an exciting range of teaching jobs in the UK.

Raising Recruitment

Raising LTD is an international recruitment company registered in UK and China. We work with top Chinese & British employers and Universities to provide a wide range of Work Opportunities, Internships and Graduate Programmes for any job seeker in the UK.

Regent Group

Regent Group is an educational group based in north-west London.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world's leading chemistry community and, in the UK, the largest non-governmental supporter of chemical science education.

Samuel Ward Academy Trust

The Samuel Ward Academy Trust is a successful, expanding multi-academy trust.


Our motto is simple - listen to schools for the best solution!

Severn Teaching School Alliance

School Direct - The New Way into Teaching.... join us at the Severn Teaching School.


SLV.Global provides students and graduates the opportunity to gain valuable mental health work experience in Sri Lanka, India and Bali, Indonesia. Our focus is on global mental health and on bolstering the existing resources in the communities where we work.

South Birmingham SCITT

South Birmingham SCITT is the perfect place for someone who doesn't just want a job in teaching, they want a career.

Sports Xtra

Welcome to Sports Xtra, the UK's leading sports development and health promotion organisation.

Teach English In China

At Teach English In China Ltd, our team of ex-foreign teachers has a passion for discovering China's rich culture and a desire to help others experience it for themselves.

Teach First

Teach First is an independent charity aimed at addressing one of the UK's most damaging social issues.

Teach In

We are leaders in the field of education recruitment. The Teach In mission is to play a part in the improvement of our education system.

Teaching Apprenticeship Programme

The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme provides a fee-free, salaried route for graduates to enter the teaching profession and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within 1 year.

Teesside University

Postgraduate provision is at the heart of Teesside University’s vision. Our postgraduate students form an integral part of our vibrant community.

The China Teaching Experience

We enable graduates (in any subject area) to live and work in China, for 10 months, experiencing first-hand all that China has to offer.

The Fewer Things

The Fewer Things is a movement with a simple yet powerful goal: to break the norm of a nine to five, corporate office job. We will allow you to travel, teach and live in an environment which you can truly make a difference to others.

Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor provides supplementary education on a one-to-one at-home basis via a network of professional tutors for all subjects and all ages.


uLeague is a career service platform that offers professional pathways in Digital Marketing, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Trading, and Banking & Finance, which are accompanied by a suite of tech-enabled tools for professional development.

United Learning

United Learning aim to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country.

United Teaching

United Learning run the United Teaching teacher training scheme that will bring out the best in your teaching skills.

University of Bath

At Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research; a superb student experience; and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace.

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has a long history of attracting the brightest and most gifted individuals from across the world.

Victoria Education and Training

Victoria is a leading company in Vietnam, currently providing English lessons for more than 1000 schools in 16 cities/provinces across the country.