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Starting your journey into… Academia: education organisations

 Teaching not for you? Don’t worry, you can still have a stunning career in education!

The education sector is a large employer of graduates. Teaching isn’t the only option — education is a big industry with many diverse roles in areas such as administration, inspection, psychology and advising; not all of which need degree level qualifications.

What key skills do you need?

Self-motivation: you need to be able to manage your time effectively and maintain high levels of organisation.

Creativity and enthusiasm: You should come up with innovative plans to aid learning for varying abilities

Ability to remain calm in stressful situations: you need to think on your feet and remain emotionally resilient.

Communication: written, verbal and visual conveyance of information is part of day-to-day tasks.

Ability to follow regulation: You will be responsible for following regulation about what you can and can’t do

How do Education Organisations work?

Education organisations include a variety of different areas. From assessment services to training, there is a place for a variety of different degree graduates. The areas of funding, support and also Local Education Authorities (which govern teaching vacancies for a specific area) are all covered in Education Organisations too.

Job roles within the authorities themselves include advisers, education directors, school improvement officers, education consultants and roles within environmental education.

There are also roles in educational psychology. As an educational psychologist you will help to support children and enhance their learning by helping them through any problems, from emotional issues to learning difficulties. You won’t just be working with the children but also advise the relevant authorities such as teachers, parents and social workers. You will need to complete a degree/conversion course in psychology and then pursue a Doctorate in Educational Psychology to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

To work in management in a school, college or university, a business administration degree or other appropriate qualification would be suitable — you don’t necessarily have to be a teacher.

Or you could specialise in a particular area such as becoming an educational psychologist, learning mentor or environmental education officer.

Depending on which role you go into, requirements will vary as to whether you will need a specific degree, further study or professional training.

Your Professional Body:

Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors

They say: The CIEA was set up to improve standards in educational assessment. We are a professional membership organisation. Our members include teachers, examiners, school and college leaders, academics, awarding organisations and people responsible for professional development in diverse sectors including finance, health and land management.

Graduate scheme:

Explore Learning Assistant Director

They say: The role of Assistant Director is varied, challenging and rewarding; offering you the chance to gain business experience, while working in a fun environment to benefit children. No day is ever the same and you will never find yourself short of a challenge!

Useful Links

Institute for Learning (IfL)

IfL is the professional body for teachers and trainers in further education (FE) and skills.

Department for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.