Career Advice

  • What is a functional skills teacher and why do we need them?
    More functional skills teachers are needed in further education to ensure that adults have the necessary basic skills for the workplace.
  • Liz Lakesman joined Brooksby Melton College in November 2017 after 10 years working with dairy herds.
  • Christine Turay started out as a nursery nurse, went on to work for Lambeth Social Services with prolific young offenders before gaining a teaching qualification. She joined Lambeth College in 2009 to lecture first in childcare and early years
  • After a brief period working in insurance, Daniel Welsh took a computing software design degree during which he took up part-time FE teaching.
  • Errol Seaman joined Barking and Dagenham College in 2010 via a science degree at North Georgia University in the US
  • Barry Jacques joined Central Beds College after running a jewelry design and retail business for 20 years. An English graduate and published writer with a deep love of language
  • Oseyoma Okiti joined Abingdon and Witney College in December 2016, after almost eight years as ‘head housekeeper’ at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford. Earlier he trained and worked as an electrical engineer in Nigeria after gaining a degree in the subject.
  • Sadie Ibbotson joined City of Bath College in 2014 after 15 years in the Navy’s logistics department. Training, course management and student services posts followed in the NHS, Plymouth College of Art and Wiltshire College, and led to her current manager role/
  • Jess Sachania joined Reading College four years ago as a learning support assistant for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, after several years as a organisational development trainer at ING Direct bank. He began teaching a few hours a week at the college, qualified as a teac...
  • Stuart Steele joined Wakefield College last February after more than 30 years in the auto and related industrial sectors, and eight years as a consultant 
  • For those who still feel a connection with engineering, or who worry about the state of the industry, teaching can be a wonderful way to be a part of the solution.
  • AoC Jobs have interviewed a number of engineering professionals from many different levels of experience who all made the move into teaching, and all of them agreed that the level of personal satisfaction they got from their industrial careers was less than that they got from teaching.
  • If you’re an engineer thinking about a potential career change – whether you’re in your early years or heading towards retirement – not may be the perfect time to consider a career in FE teaching.
  • Whatever your stage of career, it may surprise you to know that you probably already have the skills and qualifications needed to make the switch to teaching today.
  • Slaving over a job application form for your dream FE job is not fun in the temperatures enveloping the UK this summer.
  • Whether you’re new to the industry and finding it’s not what you expected, or facing retirement with a sense of unease, you should consider the benefits of a new career in further education.
  • Find out why many engineers are transitioning career from industry into teaching, and check out our detailed guide to making the move yourself.
  • Sarah Seaman joined Barnsley College in 2009 as a hair and beauty (H&B) teacher after first training as a hairdresser, managing a salon, training apprentices and qualifying as a teacher. At college she managed H&B, catering and essential skills, then becoming a quality manager across the curricul...
  • Wendy Taylor has managed the nursery at Oaklands College, St Albans, since 2013, following a long career working with young children in primary and Early Years
  • Chris Gibirdi joined Wigan and Leigh College last September after a similar role at Runshaw College and five years spent first promoting sport across a primary/secondary school network and then as a qualified primary teacher.