NEW market research for a teaching group released today reveals that more than a third of working adults surveyed in Newcastle regret staying stuck in their current job or career and not taking action to make a definitive career change over the past two years.

Since the onset of the pandemic many people have been reassessing parts of their life. Yet 42% of respondents in Newcastle say that although they made some commitments to themselves back in 2020 about how they would live their lives moving forward, two years on they haven’t managed to stick to them.

The national survey of over 2,000 of the working population in England was carried out for Get into Teaching - the national campaign aimed at encouraging people to consider teaching as a career.

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It explores the general public’s views on how people are feeling about their careers now, and if a change in direction was something they had aspired to.

Sixty per cent of those surveyed in Newcastle said their experience of the pandemic has made them realise that they want or might like to, change their job role or career to something entirely different, and nearly 64% agree there might still be time.

Yet fear of taking the leap is holding back 22% from doing so, as they believe there is more stability in their current role.

However, nearly half in Newcastle say that that if they knew could have a more positive impact on society in a new role, they would be more likely to switch*.

Asked about teaching, almost seven in ten said it was a career that allows people to make a positive contribution to society.

Separate national data from the most recent Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Census shows that in England, in total, there were 31,233 new entrants to postgraduate ITT in 2021/22 and almost half were aged 25 or over.

Post-graduate teacher training typically lasts one year, with new trainees starting courses each September, so applications are now open to train from this coming September.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said: “Our research highlights that whilst the experience of the last two years has prompted many people to consider changing their job or career, a significant proportion now have regrets about not being more proactive and making that leap during this time.

“It’s interesting to see just how many people acknowledge that they would be more likely to make a move if they knew they could have a more positive impact on society – which is exactly what a career in teaching allows you to do.

“Changing careers can seem daunting - we know many do take the plunge at this time of year while others might mull over their options longer.

“At this time of year, I would encourage anyone who is motivated by making a real difference, in an exciting career that provides stability and great prospects, to visit the Get into Teaching website to find out more.

“There’s support available and dedicated teacher training advisers on hand to guide you.”

The Get into Teaching service has experienced advisers available to give free support and advice.

To find out more about a career in the classroom and the free support available visit: or call the Get into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.


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