Miércoles 7 de Septiembre de 2005, Ip nº 125

Seven out of 10 graduates plan career change
More than 70% of recent graduates plan to switch careers by the time they are 35 in search of better pay and new challenges, according to research published today.

Many experienced workers are considering training as teachers to do a job that can "make a difference" to people's lives, the study found.

A poll for the Teacher Training Agency showed that 73% of workers who had graduated since 2003 expect to spend 10years or less in their first career.

A similar proportion said they expected to be in a new line of work by the time they were 35.

People in their early 20s were particularly keen to move on, with 40% planning to spend only five years in their current careers.

Of the 69% of graduate workers aged between 21 and 36 who said they were planning a career change, one in five was considering work as a teacher, the poll found.

Newly qualified teachers can expect to earn about £19,000 a year when they start work, or £23,000 in London.

The executive director of the TTA, Graham Holley, said schools were benefiting from the growing number of people who wanted a change midway through their working lives.

"Today, almost a third of newly-qualified teachers are over 30 years old," he said.

"This means our classrooms can draw on a far broader range of talent and experience."

With 20% of those planning a move saying they wanted to teach, a career in the classroom was the most popular change of direction.

The poll found 14% wanted to work in the media or publishing industries and one in 10 wanted a job in banking.

The survey was carried out by YouGov, which interviewed 1,778 working graduates online in July.

  11/08/2005. The Guardian.