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Alternative Careers for Teachers


If you’re a teacher and have decided that a career in teaching is no longer right for you, then don’t fret. There are a wide range of alternative careers suitable for those who teach, including tutoring, support work, youth work and more. But if you’re looking for a rewarding career that will fit perfectly into your life as an ex teacher, why not consider fostering? 


In this article we discuss this option and evaluate whether or not becoming a foster carer would be a suitable alternative career for teachers. 

More flexibility 

Having worked as a teacher, it’s likely that you will have experienced the same routine for as long as you can remember; an early start, followed by a long day with limited breaks, finished off with an evening filled with marking and prep for the next day. But what if there was a way of continuing to do what you love as well as having more control over your working hours? 


Becoming a foster parent can give you all of this and more, as it provides the convenience of working from home, the option of working part-time if you wish and the ability to continue working with children and young adults to make a positive impact. 

Making a difference to the lives of young people 

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) found that 80.5% of teachers decide to teach because they enjoy working with children and young people. Another 75% state that they decided to teach because they want to make a difference. But what if there was another way of doing this without having to teach?


If you’re ready for a change in career and making a difference to the lives of young people is important to you then fostering could be your perfect career path. As a teacher you will already be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience that will enable you to support, guide and teach the child (or children) you care for. On top of this, you already have the necessary resilience and ability to build strong relationships, which will allow you to thrive in a new career as a foster carer. 

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