Contributed by Get Into Teaching
16/11/2021 - Get Into Teaching
New market research released today reveals that over one in five (22%) working adults surveyed in Norwich don’t feel they can be their true self in their current job or career.
Nationally, this rises to nearly a third (30%) of Gen Z working adults – those aged between 18 and 23 – surveyed who feel they can’t be their true self in their current role*. More than four fifths (85%) of this age group say they feel more at ease expressing their individuality outside of work**.
Yet more than three fifths (63%) of all the working adults surveyed in Norwich agree that expressing their individuality at work would allow them to be more satisfied with the job they’re doing***, and an overwhelming 85% feel it’s important to be able to express their unique individuality in daily life****.
The national survey of over 2,000 of the working population in England was carried out for Get into Teaching – the national campaign aimed at encouraging people to consider teaching as a career. It explores the general public’s views on what they can bring to the workplace and the extent to which people feel they can be their true selves.
The research asked respondents how it makes them feel when they do, or are able to, bring their ‘true self’ to work – in Norwich, more than a third (34%) say happier, 35% say more satisfied in their work, and 34% say more sense of freedom
To coincide with the research findings, a new trend and insight-driven think-piece titled ‘Future Perspective: Why Gen Z could be great for the classroom’ has been released today by independent cultural forecaster Leo Sanders. In it, Leo explores the current cultural and popular trends which are actively influencing the lives of Generation Z, examining what sets this generation apart and why the talents today’s undergraduates possess could align with a career in teaching.
In Future Perspective, Why Gen Z could be great for the classroom, Leo Sanders highlights five cultural trends influencing the way Gen Z see and interact in the world:
Leo Sanders, an independent cultural forecaster and insights specialist, said: “This generation won’t be content with going through the motions as they enter the workforce. The themes of individuality and creativity are especially strong across these trends, which could be a healthy match for a career in the classroom. The idea that teaching not only allows but thrives from people expressing their full selves is compelling and doing so in an environment that gives you the ability to inspire others to reach their full potential is truly motivating.”
When it comes to teaching, the survey also shows more than three fifths (61%) of the working population surveyed in Norwich agree that school teachers are able to express their creativity and individuality when working alongside young people***, and more than seven in 10 (71%) agree that a good teacher is someone who brings their personality and interests into the classroom***.
Lucy Field, 39, a PE teacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Norfolk, Norwich, said: “Deciding to train as a teacher is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Schools are exciting, dynamic working environments which welcome and nurture individuality and creativity. Like other jobs, teaching can be hard work, but I can bring my whole self to work, and nothing beats knowing that you’re having a lasting impact on young people’s lives.
“What I’m most proud of being able to bring to the classroom is a passion and enthusiasm for my subject and a genuine story of the benefits of lifelong participation in sport, which was ignited when I went to secondary school. I recently played for the England Hockey Over 35’s Masters team in the European and Home Nations tournaments. I had never picked up a stick until year 7, in the very school I now teach in!”
Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said: “Our research highlights the importance for most people of being able to express their individuality and bring their true self to work, which can make them feel happier and more satisfied.
“It is also encouraging to see how the cultural trends that are influencing the lives of young people, could align with teaching as a career. Ultimately what makes you, you, is also what could make you a great teacher. I would urge anyone who is looking to make their mark in the world to consider teaching. You’ll go home every day knowing you’ve made a difference in shaping the next generation, in your own unique way.”
To find out more about a career in the classroom and the free support available visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.
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