Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Paul Galvan from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:
I would advise them to ensure they enjoy working with young people. If possible try to get some teaching experience; I started out as a substitute teacher before applying for my H Dip in Education.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
Subjects in school: Physics, Higher Maths, (handy, but not vital, if you wish to pursue a degree - you can still do a cert (NQF Level 6) or Ordinary Degree (NQF Level 7) with pass maths), Agricultural Science, French (a language is a must if you wish to attend most universities).
Advice is to choose courses based on the subjects you like, don't choose a course just because you are told to do a certain course in college. Pick subjects you like and are good at and then make a career choice based on that.