10 skills teachers have that all employers want

IMG_4404From managing a group, to being creative, teachers are a rare breed who must use numerous skills to achieve their goals on a daily basis. That’s why those who leave the profession find it easy to land new work, because employers are actively looking for the skills they possess.

If you aren’t applying for roles on EduStaff or working in education, but want to know what skills you should be presenting to those potential roles you apply, here’s a quick guide:


Teachers must remain calm, composed and in control and this is a skill that is required in many offices up and down the country (especially when your desk partner likes to tap along to the music they’re listening to).


Teachers need to find new ways of teaching dull subjects so creativity is key and a skill employers look for in a variety of professions when a new angle is required for a project.

Time management

Keeping one eye on the time and on a class of kids is a very special talent teachers possess and one that can be easily carried through into daily tasks in other professions.


With pressure on schools to achieve higher grades than ever before and an emphasis on data, teachers know how important it is to plan ahead to ensure everything in the ever-changing curriculum is covered. This ability is one that employers in fast paced offices look for in future employees to ensure tasks are met on time.

Presentation skills

Teachers are talking all day to large groups and must be able to cope with the pressure of having all eyes on them.

Ability to work under pressure

Four in ten new teachers quit the profession every year now due to the pressures placed upon them but those who can cope with Ofsted’s impromptu visits and the demands of parents are the type of people employers look for.

Problem solving

In what other profession would you have to solve a problem involving a panicked child, a marble and a nostril? Teachers can easily apply these quick problem-solving skills to other professions and employers definitely look for quick thinkers when hiring.


With children following their every step, teachers must remain professional at all times both in the classroom and outside it. Teachers might also run into the parents of a child in their class or another teacher while going about their everyday life at the weekend and must still look responsible and professional at all times.

 Ability to work independently

Most teachers work around 60 hours a week on average and most of this is done independently, planning lessons, marking work and ensuring they are up to date on changes in the curriculum.

Strong written skills

A teacher must have excellent grammar, exceptional spelling and know how to put together a letter or a note that reads well at the last minute. Strong written skills are essential to any profession and employers will always looks for individuals who are great at writing.


 In association with Benjamin Campbell

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