A Research Companion
Edited by Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Ayala Malach-Pines
Chapter 9: What Motivates People from Business-related Careers to Change to Teaching?
Paul W. Richardson, Helen M.G. Watt and Nicole M. Tysvaer INTRODUCTION It is commonplace to observe that people who switch from one career to another do so for a variety of reasons. These may relate to remuneration, job security, the need to develop and challenge oneself, a desire to develop new skills and abilities, a quest for new experiences, to address a set of personal goals, or various combinations of these and other less well-articulated reasons. At its base, in any career change is some level of recognition that the current occupation is not a good ﬁt for the individual. The process may involve a ‘push’ out of the present career, necessitating the search for new options. It may alternatively entail a ‘pull’ into another career and consequently away from the career currently being pursued. When a change to teaching requires further education, loss of income for at least a year, and is accompanied by a decline in occupational prestige, which is often the case when people leave business-related careers, then we might ask why people would choose such a course of action. The motivations, aspirations and proﬁles of career switchers to teaching have been the subject of sporadic research interest across diﬀerent countries over the last two decades (Serow and Forrest, 1994; Mayotte, 2003; Priyadharshini and Robinson-Pant, 2003; Richardson and Watt, 2005). These researchers have all suggested that for people who choose to move to teaching, the rewards of salary and career prestige are not a high...