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Are reality TV shows putting people off teaching?

Survey finds a quarter of workers think shows like 'Educating Yorkshire' are damaging to the profession

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 05, 2016 | People, policy, politics

New research has found that over half of UK workers (53.9%) use reality TV shows to decide whether or not they’d like to work in a particular industry, revealing that shows like Educating Yorkshire/Essex were reported to be damaging to the sector, putting candidates off careers in education. 

The news comes from job site CV-Library, which conducted a survey of over 2,000 workers to uncover the impact reality TV shows have on their respective industries. The findings revealed that the majority (59%) of people believe that these programmes give a realistic insight into an industry, with a staggering 70.5% of workers believing that these kinds of shows are beneficial to the profession they represent. 

The most beneficial TV series included The Great British Bake-off, Traffic Cops and One Born Every Minute. The shows deemed to be damaging were Cops with Cameras (21%), The Apprentice (31.8%) and Educating Yorkshire/Essex (22%). 

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “There are so many external factors that influence an individual’s career choices, and the growth of profession-based reality TV series, like Educating Yorkshire and Traffic Cops, provides a new way to learn more about a particular industry. While this can benefit organisations in these sectors, it can be harmful to others, as some of these shows might be scripted or over-dramatised for the cameras, providing candidates with a false portrayal of what it’s like to work there.” 

“Many organisations in the education sector are already struggling to attract professionals, so discovering that some shows can have a negative impact on hiring in their sectors is another potential set-back for employers. Businesses must combat the negative stigma associated with certain industry-focused TV shows to help candidates see the real profession, not the dramatised version, and ensure their pipeline of skilled talent is not harmed.”    

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