Finding jobs for former teachers can be a challenge. Few jobs can match the stress, workload or joy that come from teaching. Whether you are staying up all night grading papers or watching a child suddenly learn a new skill, teaching is far from a boring career. If you are looking for a new job, first consider these questions.
Do you want to still work full-time? Sometimes you just need a change of workplace, but often those looking to leave the classroom are seeking part-time work. Maybe you just need some side income to supplement your day job. How important is it for you to find another career with teaching experience? Are you willing to relocate? Some teachers are looking for a change of scenery, while others are comfortable with their locale. Whether you're retired, looking for side income, or simply considering a change of pace, here are eight awesome jobs for those who have teaching experience.
There are a lot of opportunities for experienced teachers to work as curriculum developers. Curriculum developers work to implement changes in a learning program, which can assist teachers in providing up-to-date lessons. Schools, universities and even corporations are looking for curriculum developers to create new content. These jobs almost all require teaching experience, and many of them can be done online. Whether it is part-time or full-time, a position as a curriculum developer is an ideal fit for anyone who loves lesson planning but is ready to retire from the classroom. There are courses and degrees that will improve your chances of getting a position in this career. It’s a great job for someone who loves studying and reading up on the latest research and educational strategies.
Teach English Online: VIPKid
All the joys of teaching, none of the stress of lesson plans. VIPKid is a Beijing-based company that hires American and Canadian teachers for online English-as-a-second-language teaching. The lessons are planned, and classes are taught to one student at a time. Students are usually between 5-12 years old. It’s a great way to work from home, part-time or full-time, while still shaping young students through teaching. Because it is an after-school program in China, classes will probably be very early for you. If this company doesn’t seem to be the right fit, there are countless companies offering a similar experience. Most are based in China, but you can also find a position teaching children or adults in almost any country. Other companies work with Chinese schools, rather than just the families, which allows you to teach more consistently with a single group of students, rather than individual lessons. VIPKid is unique because you have such a flexible schedule. Classes only fill a week in advance, so you can customize your schedule per week in order to fit your needs.
Tutor Online Or In Person: Wyzant
Tired of teaching, but just have to share your particular area of expertise with the world? Wyzant is an online platform that allows you to tutor any student in any subject. Tailor your profile to present a wide range of skills or fields of study, and create a profile that will attract your students’ attention. You can set your hourly rate, ensuring that you are compensated for your experience. There are two ways you can be matched with students. First, your profile is searchable for any student looking for tutors in your field. Second, you can search for students seeking a particular tutor. You can adjust your profile to allow for online or in-person tutoring. Online teaching sessions use Wyzant’s unique platform in order to share documents, go through pages in real time and video chat with your student. This is an excellent way to quickly find students seeking your knowledge and experience in virtually any subject.
If you don’t want to get caught up in the stress of grading and lesson plans, but you still miss your students, consider teaching an after-school program. A slightly more relaxed setting might be just the change of pace you need. These programs can range in duration, focus and size. Most are held right at schools, but some can be offsite. After-school sessions usually have fewer students than a traditional classroom, which allows you to get to know each student a little better. While some programs seem more like daycare than teaching, others focus on a unique extracurricular that students are passionate about. If your local school doesn’t have any after-school classes, consider looking at private schools or local colleges.
Most teachers are more than happy to take a break during the summer. Between stressful exams, meetings and long nights grading, the break is well deserved. If you, on the other hand, are looking for a place to use your teaching experience during the summer, then a summer camp is the obvious choice. Whether you choose day camp or overnight camp, it’s a great way to continue to inspire and educate children outside the classroom. Overnight camps have housing for camp counselors, which allows you to apply for jobs outside of your area. While you won’t make the same salary as a camp counselor that you are used to as a teacher, it’s a great way to spend time in a different area while still working in your field. If a cabin in the woods isn’t your style, look for day camps or specialty teachers. Camps will often hire teachers to come in for a few hours to teach specialty courses to the students. These positions are typically part-time, but also tend to pay better than jobs you might find as full-time camp counselor.
Test Prep Tutoring: Chegg Tutors
Test prep is a great area of online work that allows you to see a concrete example of student growth. As test scores are becoming more important for students' entry into college, many families are hiring tutors to coach children through these extensive exams. Test prep tutors are able to specialize in one discipline or provide a more holistic study methodology. You can focus on high school tests, such as the ACT or SAT, or you can provide instruction for professional tests like the GRE, LSAT, and many more. There are a growing number of companies providing online test-prep tutor positions, and Chegg is just one example. Chegg offers a flexible, part-time position where you can set the number of hours you work. You are matched with students, which allows you to develop bonds that are usually difficult to form in an online classroom. Tutors have access to a mobile app to stay in touch with students and manage scheduling. You are given reviews which help match you to other students.
If you can’t continue your full-time teaching position, consider applying as a substitute teacher. Subbing is a very flexible and low-commitment way to stay in the classroom without any of the grading and meetings. Substitute teachers don’t require a teaching license, so you can instruct younger or older students that you may not be licensed to teach but you still enjoy working with. In this position, you have the option to choose how the schools contact you when they need your services. Either a phone call, text message or update in an online portal or app will let you know that there is a position available. Opportunities are often posted the evening before, and you have the total freedom to accept as many or as few days as you like. Lots of school districts are experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, so there is a good chance there will be work available any day you would like. While the pay is not as high as a full-time teacher's, there is usually no outside preparation or grading needed. It’s also a great way to get to know a new school district if you have relocated and are struggling to find a full-time position.
If you want to use your teaching experience in a more indirect way, consider applying for human resources or management positions. Training and teaching often use the same methods, so you might be surprised to find an enjoyable career as a manager. After all, nothing says teamwork like trying to corral a class full of kindergarteners or high schoolers. Managers must observe, instruct and remain patient with their employees as they learn new skills and tackle new assignments, which are all skills you come equipped with as a teacher.
These are just eight awesome jobs for those who have teaching experience. Depending on your experience and desired hours, there are countless positions to choose from. With a little creativity and research, you can easily find many more. The ability to teach is a valuable skill for almost any job, and all of the professional development courses you’ve taken will prepare you well for learning any new techniques you may need for your new position.