How to work in Further Education.

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

When you don't have experience in a sector that you'd like to work in, it's hard to get the right opportunity in the conventional way. As I've mentioned in a previous blog, sending your CV or application in response to a job that requires experience is very often a thankless task, when you have no experience.

So what should you do to give yourself an opportunity when you want to change jobs but don't have the experience???

The best way I have experienced in multiple sectors to change the direction of your career is..


When you get to a certain age you think that work experience is for kids. It's something that you did in secondary school, that you didn't really choose and your didn't really like. You're thinking "grown ups don't do work experience do they?"

From leaving school, to leaving university to changing careers, using the work experience idea is by far the best chance you have to grow your network, meet people in the industry that you want to work in and take advantage of opportunities before they're advertised. (80% of jobs are secured before they are advertised)

If you're thinking of getting into teaching within further education, there are always opportunities for you to experience what teaching within adult education is like. Many training providers, including colleges will let you shadow experienced teachers. Any forward thinking provider will take your industry knowledge on board and offer you the opportunity to work towards your teaching and assessing qualifications.

In 2012 I volunteered to deliver a class on job seeking at a local college, as I wanted to change the direction of my career from recruitment into teaching. Before I realized it, they had signed me up to complete a teaching qualification and within 6 months I was teaching at the college and spent the next 6 years working there.

Opportunities are there if you're brave enough to ask the question. To put yourself out to gain experience and meet the right people. The education sector needs fresh talent from industries like IT, construction and engineering to teach a new generation. Just because you have never taught

before it doesn't mean that the education sector doesn't want or need you. They do!

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