Miércoles 9 de Agosto de 2006, Ip nº 165

Teachers least likely to be bored in their jobs, survey finds
Por Alexandra Smith

Teaching graduates are the professionals least likely to be bored at work but graduates working in marketing and sales are regularly lacking inspiration, new research shows.
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has produced the first workforce boredom index, which shows that half of all graduates working in a range of professions are often bored at work and those working in administration are the most fed up.

Employees surveyed said they were mainly bored because of the lack of challenge in their jobs and not using their skills or their knowledge made working life tedious for 60%. Boredom from doing the same things every day was also largely to blame, the survey found.

Half of those employees who are bored have considered changing their profession in the past year, and teaching was the most popular choice - more than one in 10 respondents identified teaching as their first choice if they were to change careers.

When asked why they found their job interesting, 81% of teachers questioned said it was the challenge of the role, 81% said it was because no two days were the same, and 86% said they enjoyed the interaction with people.

Healthcare workers were also unlikely to be bored, as were graduates who worked in travel.

Michael Day, executive director at the TDA, said: "These findings demonstrate that one of the chief benefits of teaching is the sheer variety of the job - that no two days are the same. It's never too late to make a career switch, and there are now many ways you can train to teach to match your personal circumstances, as well as new financial support.

"There's a particular need for more people to train to teach maths and science and there are still places available on courses starting this September. I'd encourage graduates who are bored in their jobs, particularly those with maths and science-related degrees, to take another look at the day-to-day and financial rewards of a career in teaching."

The research was carried out this month and was based on a sample of 2,113 graduate employees aged 21-45 years old.


  27/07/2006. The Guardian.


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