Op­por­tu­nity to pass on a life­time of learn­ing

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Job Focus -

MORE than 50,000 teach­ing jobs will be up for grabs in sec­ondary schools in the next five years and sci­ence and maths teach­ers are where the big­gest de­mand lies.

Sec­ondary school teach­ing is on the na­tional Skilled Oc­cu­pa­tion List of jobs in short­age. Specialist teach­ers of­ten re­quire post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions, such as a masters de­gree, or a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter their bach­e­lor de­gree. Those al­ready armed with a specialist qual­i­fi­ca­tion, how­ever, can be­come a qual­i­fied teacher by study­ing for as lit­tle as a year.

Study­ing a masters de­gree in chem­istry ini­tially led Sean Ven­ning, 45, into work as a sci­en­tific re­searcher and de­fence equip­ment sup­plier.

But when his role was made re­dun­dant, he used his pay­ment to fund a year of full-time study for a Di­ploma of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Now as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Roma Mitchell Sec­ondary Col­lege, he says he some­times won­ders why he didn’t start teach­ing ear­lier.

“(But) if I hadn’t had the op­por­tu­nity to work any­where else first, I wouldn’t be able to bring as much to the job that I have,” he says.

Ven­ning says his ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with good and bad cus­tomers is among the skills he can bring to teach­ing. “While I love teach­ing ... it’s also about help­ing kids grow up to be­come people in so­ci­ety,” he says.

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