Mid-career job changers to education don’t often work out
New study shows that people who switch into teaching in the middle of some other career, don’t often work out. We definitely see some of these problems among people who switch into teaching CS from an IT career. Sometimes they do it because it’s a second or third choice, and they’re not too happy about it.
Many people assumed that mid-career job changers would prove the salvation of public education by bringing their content expertise and successful work experience with them.
It turns out that many have neither expertise nor great success.
“When we looked at these alternative or lateral entry teachers, many of them were quite young and were simply frustrated in getting a job in their chosen profession,” said Gary Henry, director of the UNC Carolina Institute for Public Policy. “The folks switching from high-performing private sector jobs are a very small minority.