New figures show West Midlands people want to make new career plans after Covid-19

New market research released today reveals how many people in the West Midlands are looking to 2021 for the career plan shake-up they had envisaged at the turn of the new decade, before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Nearly three quarters of those surveyed in the West Midlands agree that 2020, and all it brought, was the year that made them realise what is important to them.

Many people find themselves in a ‘decade dilemma’ with almost one in three now looking to re-evaluate their job or career, and over four in 10 agreeing they are looking forward to making new career plans this year.

The national survey of over 2,400 people for Get into Teaching - the campaign aimed at encouraging people to consider teaching as a career – explores the public’s views on their career aspirations and plans for the future following a turbulent 2020.

The events of 2020 have inspired many people in the West Midlands to consider their current career path and seek out a role that makes a positive impact on the wider world. In fact, 52% agree they want to give something back to society, and almost two thirds (65%) would like to feel more rewarded at work.

Nicola Whiston, a maths teacher at Ormiston Horizon Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, decided to switch into teaching 11 years ago after working in sales and recruitment. Reflecting on her career and life change, Nicola said:

“Deciding to train as a teacher is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ll never regret the career I had before as it taught me a lot, and the life experience I gained has been invaluable to bring into the classroom.

“Of course, making the jump can seem daunting at first, especially coming from a completely different career, but if you think about what you want out of life and what you want to give back, it’s all worth it.

“Shaping the lives of the next generation is a huge privilege, providing you with a sense of purpose that’s unrivalled and that’s been made even more poignant over the past year. I finish every day knowing that I’ve made a difference to the lives of my students.

“I would urge anyone thinking about a career move to considering teaching, it’s a role you can bring so much to and one that will reward you in equal measure.”

The Get Into Teaching service has experienced advisers available to give free support and advice. To register your interest in teaching and find out more about initial teacher training starting from September, visit or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.


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