The skills teachers acquire are in high-demand. They are also transferable to a host of occupations. If you teach, you have alternatives. You can create courses, train, advise, write, and still make a difference. You have alternatives!
The New Teacher Project
NLU McCormick Center for Early Childhood
Shmoop Children’s Literacy Initiative
Teach For America
Academy Boardwork Education
To read about a teacher who left the field and his real life experiences, please read this article: Why I Left Teaching, And When You Should, Too (Great balanced insight).
Also, read about his journey and learn about his tips: The Dark Side Ain’t Half Bad
Making a Change
After reading these articles, if you are still interested in learning how to make A change, please fill out the form below. Please note, I am in the process of gathering inquiries and needs through March. Thank you for your patience.
Learning New Skills
Teachers who are interested in learning new skills can look up and register for detailed online courses, offered through ed2go. Teachers can also work in higher education institutions which include: admissions, advising, transcript evaluation, registrar’s office, etc. Junior colleges also tend to hire teachers with master’s degrees, and there are a host of online schools coming online all of the time. Government organizations have jobs that require teacher skills as well.
The list above is only an example of different alternatives and choices and is not meant to be comprehensive.
If you pursued secondary education and earned a degree in a specific discipline, you may have various opportunities specific to the pedagogical area. For example, if you also majored in science, there are possible jobs within local museums, parks, and research institutions. If you majored in Spanish, there are possible jobs with various organizations looking for bilingual speakers, many within government or even with initiatives such as El Futoro. Keeping an open mind along with a positive attitude is an imperative part of job searching. Stay positive, keep your head up and the right fit will come along, be it in the classroom or not (this is coming from me, a former waitress turned teacher, turned academic advisor, turned writer). What alternatives along your career path are you possibly considering? Can you share other ideas?