Opportunity to pass on a lifetime of learning
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.