We spend a large part of our lives in schools as students – but have you thought about what it might be like on the other side to work at a school?
Schools exist to educate young people, but they need more than just teachers to function. There are lots of people who work hard behind the scenes, writing curriculum, coming up with new subject content, managing timetables and enrolments, liaising with parents, and keeping track of finances.
Here are some common things you can expect to find at all schools:
- Working with others – there are very few times you’ll find yourself working alone in a school, whether you’re teaching students or collaborating with your co-workers in the office.
- Lots of change – schools are dynamic environments, and you’ll likely have to wear several hats no matter what your role is.
- A high energy environment – there are always lots of things happening and plenty of work to be done.
Key Outcome – educate and inspire students
The main focus of schools is to provide quality education for young people and prepare them for the world of work. They also provide a place for young people to make friends and grow emotionally.
Key Tasks –
- Teach, guide, and supervise students
- Write curriculum and assessment
- Manage enrolments and timetables
- Develop new ways of teaching and learning
Industry – you can find schools in the education industry
Schools are exclusively found in the education industry. There are lots of different kinds of schools, including public, private, religious, independent, and even distance schools. They also have a lot in common with other education institutions, like universities and vocational training institutes.
You can expect regular hours and on-site work
Regular work hours | Work on-site | Jobs in all locations, including metro, regional, and rural | Strong job growth
Schools are usually open over the same set hours each day, and only during weekdays. Term dates and holidays are fixed each year, so you will know exactly when you need to come in to work. However, some workers (particularly teachers) may need to do work outside these regular hours.
For most people in schools, work either must be done on-site, or is easier to do on-site.
There are schools all across the country, from big cities to rural towns. While there are lots of opportunities in metropolitan areas, sometimes regional and rural schools struggle to fill vacant roles, so you might find it less competitive to find work in these areas.
The Career Clusters you’ll find in a school
People from all Clusters are needed for a school to run effectively, but the most common Clusters you’ll find are Informers, Coordinators and Linkers.