Are you a class act?
Byline: Edited by TRICIA PHILLIPS AND LISA GRAY scotcareers
Most of us rely on reading, writing and numeracy skills in everyday situations so learning is a crucial part of our lives.
That's why the role of the teacher - whether at early years, nursery or secondary level - is so important and why there will always be jobs in education.
It's one of the most challenging careers you can choose - but can also be one of the most rewarding.
THE LOWDOWN Anyone with the necessary qualifications can become a teacher but it takes so much more than degrees and diplomas to become a great teacher.
As well as possessing the literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for a job in education - regardless of which subject you teach - there are a number of personal traits that are also vital.
You must be passionate about teaching and education, and have a genuine desire to see your pupils develop and reach their full potential.
Planning for classroom lessons and coming up with assignments on a daily basis requires organisation and preparation but it's also important to be flexible and be able to adapt to the needs of your students.
It can be tough to command the attention of kids for a length of time, so you'll need to be creative, imaginative and have an infectious enthusiasm that will rub off on those you are teaching.
Some children can be a bit of a handful, so you'll have to be able to exercise good discipline, while also having respect for your pupils. A sense of humour also helps!
It's a job that comes with great responsibility - after all, you are playing a key part in a child or young person's development - but sharing in their achievements and successes is a feeling that's second to none.
THE PAY There is a national salary scale that applies to all teachers in Scotland.
The starting salary is PS22,194 and increases to PS26,628 after your probationary year. This then rises each year up to PS35,409.
A principal teacher can earn up to PS49,821, while a head teacher can earn between PS43,785 and PS85,464.
Salaries for those teaching in independent schools may be slightly different, while those who teach in remote areas or certain islands may benefit from an additional allowance.
THE TRAINING There are two routes to becoming a primary or secondary teacher in Scotland.
You can either undertake a fouryear undergraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme or a one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in either primary or secondary teaching.
Initial Teacher Education is provided by eight universities across Scotland.
THE CONTACTS Teach in Scotland, www. teachinscotland.org General Teaching Council for Scotland, www.gtcs.org.uk UCAS, www.ucas.com
DEDICATED Successful teachers have a passion to ensure the children in their classroom realise their full potential