More making mid-career switch to become teachers

More making mid-career switch to become teachers

Date
Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Media Type
The Straits Times.com

More are becoming mid-career teachers according figures from the Education Ministry.

One out of five - 21 per cent - in a cohort of 452 newly qualified teachers who graduated on Tuesday from the National Institute of Education (NIE), have a year or more of working experience and at least a degree. Overall, one in four of the teaching force is made up of mid-career entrants. This is up from 15 per cent a decade ago.

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, who was the guest-of-honour at the NIE teachers' investiture ceremony held on Tuesday at the Nanyang Technological University highlighted a graduate, 31-year-old Mr Gin Toh, who had previously worked as a marketing manager at a fast moving consumer goods company. He noted that Mr Toh's previous work experience has prepared him for his new career.

'Gin now markets values instead of products and his customers are parents and his students. His personal slogan is: 'Think like a marketeer, cultivate values like a teacher',' said Mr Masagos.

Mr Toh, a business administration graduate from the National University of Singapore and who now teaches English and elements of business skills at Zhonghua Secondary School, said:'I was doing well in my career.

'But I was thinking about self-actualisation and felt that teaching was a career which will allow me to make an impact on lives and leave a legacy.'

Source: The Straits Times.com, sph