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How to Build An Alternative Career in Education

Use your passion for teaching (without being a classroom teacher)

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Have you ever wondered “what can I do with a degree in education besides teaching in a classroom?” Whether you’re thinking about studying education, or you’ve just completed your degree in education, or you’ve been a classroom teacher for a while but are looking for a change, this post is for you.

Teaching is a noble profession, and good teachers help us understand the world around us. The best teachers inspire us to become lifelong learners with a thirst for knowledge. No matter what motivates you to study education, there are some obstacles that you are going to face when you enter the job market.

Traditional Classrooms Aren’t For Everyone

If you want to teach in a traditional classroom environment, there are a few common issues you’ll need to contend with. Schools are closing down and class sizes are increasing which means fewer teaching positions are available. If you are looking to teach in a larger school district, you may need to work as a supply teacher for a while before you’re eligible for a full-time position. And you may end up spending a great deal of your salary on school supplies for your students even if you can secure a full-time teaching gig.

So what do you do with a degree in education if you want to avoid the pitfalls of the public education system? In this article, we’ll explore 8 alternative teaching jobs outside the traditional classroom.


Tutor (in person)

Tutoring is an excellent option for teachers looking for work outside of the classroom. If you have worked inside a classroom before, tutoring can be a welcome change of pace. In a classroom, you need to balance the needs of individual students with the whole class. If a student has a learning exceptionality or needs some extra help catching up, it can be difficult to give them the attention that they need. As a tutor, you can devote all of your attention to one student.

Tutor (online)

Online Tutor

As internet speeds increase and cameras increase in quality, video chatting is becoming more popular. There is lots of need worldwide that are looking for English teachers. If you have a teaching degree and a decent internet connection, you can find yourself a company that teaches English online to students of all ages (usually in Asia). If you are living in North America, teaching online can be a great way to supplement your income by working outside of traditional working hours.

Teach English Overseas

One of the most popular options for new teachers is travelling to teach English. If you have a teaching degree, it is fairly easy to find opportunities in countries like China, Japan, Korea, Chile, or Spain. The only real requirements for teaching English abroad is a degree and the ability to speak English fluently. There are lots of organizations looking for teachers and, depending on who you choose to teach with, you can have your pick of countries to teach in.

Writer

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You likely had to spend a good deal of time writing during your teacher education. You may have been writing essays about the field of education, doing research papers on educational practices, or creating lesson plans for students of all ages. When you were studying for your degree, you probably came across courseware textbooks of some sort–being an educator, you might be well-positioned to write educational content for textbooks or teaching material for classroom teachers. If you have a passion for working with non-profits, you may want to pursue a career writing grant proposals.

Regardless of what you were writing, the experience of creating content can be your jumping-off point into the wonderful world of writing. This is something the education team at Enable Education does for our clients all the time. We can identify learning opportunities within your presentations and demonstrations and write clear, engaging, and thoughtful documentation and courseware.

Editor

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An essential part of teaching is editing. Teachers often go through assignments and make corrections to writing. There are lots of different types of editing: developmental or substantive, stylistic, line and copy editing, and finally, proofreading. If you are interested in current events, you might want to work with a news organization. If you are proficient with social media, you may want to look into creating and editing social media and PR content. Even great writers find it helpful to ask an editor to provide clarity and fresh insights.

Before or After-School Programming

If you got into teaching to work with kids, you can still find plenty of opportunities to do so outside the classroom. If you enjoy working with younger kids, look into working with daycare/childcare programs in your area. If you prefer working with older kids, there are lots of after school programming that focus on a range of topics. After-school sports programs need coaches and assistants, and a background in education can be just the thing to make your resume stand out.

There are lots of programs for students outside of the classroom. If you can’t find existing programmes you think you’d enjoy, you could always start up your own programme! Enable Education can also help you develop the courseware, worksheets, documentation, experiences, games, videos, and learning platforms to help you do this.

School Librarian

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If you’re anything like me, the library was one of your favourite spots in your school. School librarians do a lot more than just organizing books. In modern schools, libraries are often also computer labs or maker spaces. To be a librarian, you will likely need some additional schooling. Degrees in library science are offered in many post-secondary institutes. If you are still doing your teacher training, you may be able to find special courses provided by your program that will help to lead you into a library science degree.

Counsellor

There are lots of professionals that work with learners of all ages. Many schools have guidance counsellors that help with career choices as well as any personal problems a student might be having. You may also be interested in counselling positions outside of schools. Organizations like child services employ counsellors and social workers to help kids in stressful situations. To be a counsellor you will need additional education. You can look into social work programs at local universities and colleges around you. In professional settings, you might work in a learning and development team as part of an HR department. Wouldn’t it be cool to help with career growth, updating skills, and shaping a culture of curiosity that drives business innovation? You could even be responsible for setting up onboarding experiences or mentorship programs.

No matter what career you want to pursue, having a degree in education is a great starting point. The professions listed above are just some of the options you have available to you.

Can you think of any other careers in the field of education? Add your thoughts below!

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