Alternatives to Teaching
At some point in our lives, we all need alternatives-to everything. When we look at making a change in our lives, we must focus on something new, and this is where alternative energy, self-reflection and risk-taking comes into our lives.
As an educator, you are the most important person in a classroom. Teaching is one of the most noble professions. You make a difference. This article was written out of demand from those who want to change careers.
Please note, I am an advocate for teachers. However, I believe that if a teacher is not happy in the classroom, the students are not happy. Thus, it is time to look into alternatives.
Therefore, if you are looking for alternatives to teaching, this can be a high-level place to begin.
The skills teachers acquire are in high-demand and 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.
Alternatives to teaching: companies that hire those with an education background or degree:
The New Teacher Project
NLU McCormick Center for Early Childhood
Teach For America
To read my personal story, please visit LinkedIn’s Member Blog.
To read about a teacher who left the field, learn about his alternatives and gain insight about his real life experience, 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.
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Considering Alternatives: Making a Change
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Alternatives: Learning New SkillS
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 and potential alternatives 2014?
All of us, in any given profession, must keep an eye open for alternatives. All careers are at risk, technology is moving fast, and change is the only constant.
Can you share more alternatives?