Working in educational support services
You could work in a nursery, primary or secondary school, in an FE college, with a training provider or university. Your work would be to support the education system but not actually do the teaching.
You will need to enjoy working in a learning environment and have great patience, diplomacy and good communication skills. There are many jobs in this field, including administration roles such as secretary or bursar. You could work with the children as a teaching assistant or learning mentor. You might choose to become a counsellor, careers adviser or librarian. You could work as a technician in IT, science labs or workshops. You will probably work up to 40 hours a week, 39 to 43 weeks a year.
Approximate pay levels
Figures supplied as a guide only
Support roles in education may only be paid during term-time. This is usually less than 40 weeks of the year. This type of salary is known as pro rata, which means you are paid part of the full-time salary.