5 Hobbies To Include On Your Teacher CV

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Teaching is a rewarding career, but the responsibility of educating a child or young person can be demanding. For a teacher to maintain a healthy work-life balance, it’s important to strike the right balance between work and play. 

Hobbies are the perfect antidote to a busy day at work. Not only will a hobby allow you to meet like-minded people, it’s also the perfect opportunity to switch off from the pressures of work. 

In May 2022 Statista released a survey concluding that the most popular hobbies for 18-64 year olds in the UK are reading, cooking, baking and travelling. 

However, have you ever considered that your weekend hobby could actually enhance your CV? Some hobbies can provide you with skills that will help you to make teaching fun and memorable - traits which are highly desirable to schools!

With this said, we’ve compiled 5 hobbies which you should include on your Teacher CV and what they mean to a hiring manager.  


Volunteering is a rewarding way to spend your free time and there are many places you could volunteer at to help members of your community.

Whether you dedicate your time to a food bank, join a local litter picking group or assist elderly members of your community, volunteering shows you are willing to put others before yourself. 

Volunteering is also a great way to display compassion. Working as a Teacher means you’ll spend time with students from different backgrounds so being able to relate to their individual needs is a skill worth developing. 

By including volunteering on your CV, it will show a hiring manager that you possess empathetic characteristics which are highly desirable in a school environment. 


Working in education means you’ve probably read your fair share of industry literature.

However, reading as a hobby is a great way to switch off from the pressure of day to day life, whilst simultaneously keeping your mind active. 

It’s also a great way to enhance your vocabulary and develop your knowledge on subjects that will benefit your students. 

Your passion for reading will show a hiring manager that you’re keen to learn and that you’ll be able to convey the importance of reading to your students.


Cooking is a great way to show a hiring manager that you’re capable of following instructions and persevering at a task. 

Cooking is also an important life skill that you can incorporate into your lessons. 

For example, there’s mathematics and science involved in making food, so why not use the practical method of cooking to engage your students during these lessons?

Using cooking to enhance your teaching will persuade a hiring manager that you’re able to deliver fun and memorable lessons. 

Expanding on the standard curriculum by teaching your students an important life skill, will also impress a hiring manager. 

Blog Writing

Blog writing is a great hobby for highlighting a topic you’re passionate about.

If your blog has a loyal audience, this will demonstrate to a hiring manager that you’re able to engage and influence others, which are desirable skills for a Teacher.

Blog writing will also develop your online skills which should come in useful in the classroom. The creativity of infographics, video and digital media will help your students remember important information.

We advise including a link to your blog on a digital CV so a hiring manager can take a look at the content you have created.

If you’re stuck for topic ideas, why not write about life as a Teacher? This will show a hiring manager that you’re passionate about life in the classroom. 


As well as being a fun pastime, travelling will give you the opportunity to develop useful skills for the classroom.

The planning, organisation and time management that travelling requires, are all skills needed for a successful lesson. 

For example, lesson planning, organising the resources you require and sticking to a schedule, are all key elements needed to deliver a five-star lesson to your students. 

Travelling is also a brilliant way to learn about cultures across the world, expand your linguistic ability and understand the importance of budgeting. 

These are useful skills to teach your students and likely to impress a hiring manager if included on your CV.  

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