Career essentials: Teaching

Not surprisingly the vast majority of students completing courses leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) enter teaching.

Your essential careers issue is the development of a realistic awareness of the kind of job you want, and of an effective job search strategy.

You might also want to plan the longer term development of your career, either within teaching or a different field. The skills and qualities developed through teaching are recognised in many careers.

Occupations directly related to your qualification in teaching

  • Secondary teacher*
  • Primary teacher*
  • Further education lecturer*
  • Teaching abroad
  • Teacher in independent school
  • Special educational needs teacher*
  • Advanced skills teacher
  • Senior curriculum, pastoral and management roles

Occupations where teaching qualifications and experience are useful

  • Educational psychologist*
  • Careers adviser*
  • Learning mentor*
  • Education officer, eg. for a charity/museum*
  • Higher education lecturer*
  • Basic skills tutor*
  • Social worker*
  • Probation officer*

What do Wolverhampton NQTs do?

Six months after completing their course last year, almost all Wolverhampton NQTs (newly-qualified teachers) were employed as teachers. Some were continuing to study alongside their work, in most cases for a modular master’s degree at this university. Read the full report.

Useful websites

Useful websites and contacts you should know about:


You will find vacancy listings online at the following web pages:

* Occupational Profiles are available on the Graduate Prospects web site > Explore types of jobs.

Find out more about our careers and employment services.