Graduates put teaching in top three for careers

New research shows that teaching is becoming an increasingly attractive career option for university students – making the top three of preferred graduate career areas for the first time.

This year’s Hobsons Graduate Recruitment Review, which charts the career expectations and aspirations of 7,500 first-to-final year students from 90 universities, reveals that 16% of graduates cite teaching as their career area of choice, a rise of 3% on the surveys of the previous two years in which teaching was only the seventh most popular career area with students.

Ralph Tabberer, chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency, a partner organisation of the Department for Education and Skills, said: “Teaching has become one of the leading career choices in the economy. It offers graduates not just the buzz of working with young people but good pay and prospects too. More people are training to enter the profession this year than at any time since 1975.” 

The top answer from graduates was ‘management’, showing a certain amount of naivety about what their first job might be. Marketing, PR and advertising came in second.

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