Quit the Classroom- Life beyond teaching

Thinking of leaving teaching?

Has teaching completely changed from the career you went into?

Do not worry, there are plenty of opportunities out there for someone with your vast array of skills.

If you want to stay in the ‘education/child’ field:

You could:

1.    Become a Private Tutor

Becoming a tutor is probably the most obvious job opportunity for teachers wishing to leave the profession. This is a way of staying within ‘teaching’ and help others learn without the bureaucracy of the education system. It is possible to tutor both part time and full time depending on your preferences. Tutoring allows you to concentrate on teaching your students, set your own work hours, choose the number of students you teach and how they are taught. All your planning and administrative skills will help to keep you organised and help you to set up your own business.

2.    Become a Childcare Worker/child-Minder/Nanny

If you still want to work with young children these options might be more appealing. Here you have the option of being employed at a nursery/childcare centre or as a nanny for a family. Alternatively, you can set up a business and become a child-minder in your own home. Many of the skills from the classroom, including communication skills, instructional skills, and patience are transferable to the childcare profession. 

3.    Become an Educational Program Director

This is great if you want to stay out of the classroom but continue helping children to learn. Many museums, zoos, libraries, and other organisations offer education to visitors and many have ‘special’ structured days for school visits. As a program director you would be responsible for planning and developing the learning programs on offer.

4.    Become a School Counsellor/Learning Mentor

If you are passionate about helping individual children with particular difficulties, you may wish to become a counsellor or learning mentor. In this role, you would work with children on a one-one basis. A counsellor/mentor would help students to develop their social and academic skills, support them with behaviour/SEN strategies. For older the students the role may entail talking about life after school- career/further education opportunities. Many counsellor/mentors also help students strengthen their application materials. This may involve reading and editing application CVs and letters of application. They may even set up ‘mock’ interviews for the students to help them gain confidence when going for interview.

5.    Become an Educational Consultant

As a teacher you will have continually developed your skills to stay on top of educational trends. If you loved that part of the job you may wish to consider becoming an educational consultant. Consultants use their knowledge and expertise to make recommendations related to such areas as curriculum development, administrative procedures, and assessment methods. Consultants can be hired by schools, government agencies or for themselves as an independent contractor.

6.    Become a Curriculum Specialist

Curriculum specialists often work for the county service or as independent contractors. Their role is to observe and evaluate teaching techniques, review student data, assess curriculum and make recommendations to improve instruction in schools. They often oversee and run teacher training sessions and work closely with teachers and leaders to coordinate new curriculum implementation.

7.    Work in Educational Publishing

There are many publishers that work within the educational sphere. There are those that produce books on teacher development, others provide textbooks and manuals to schools. Some publishers focus more on assessment papers and workbooks/sheets. If you enjoy writing and creating resources this could be the avenue you would like to go down. Many teachers dabble with this area putting resources on popular education websites.

8.    Become a Training and Development Manager

This opportunity would take you into the ‘business’ field. Your role would be to identify training needs in the business, find relevant training courses/materials and supervise the training and development of staff. You would need to be able to work with program directors and course instructors.

If you want to move further afield:

You could:

9.    Become a Writer

As a teacher you have gained many skills that stand you in great stead to become a writer. Writing can cover so many options, you could stay close to your educational roots and create lesson plans, curriculum materials, textbooks, and test questions. Alternatively, you could use your expertise to write non-fiction books and if creative you could write fiction. Other writing opportunities that are out there, particularly in this technological age are things like copywriting- writing web and sales pages for online businesses.

10.  Become a Proof-reader

The job of a proof-reader is to spot grammatical, typographical and compositional errors. They do not normally edit copy, as this duty is usually left to copy- or line editors, but they do flag any errors they see and mark them for correction. Working in this field could lead to employment in journalism, book publishers and any other company/organisation that publishes printed materials.

11.  Become an Interpreter/Translator

If you were a foreign language specialist this may be the opening for you. Interpreters usually translate spoken and/or signed messages whereas translators focus on the written word. Most interpreters and translators tend to work in professional, scientific, and technical services. However, many also work in educational services, government settings and health settings.

12.  Become a Life Coach

What is a life coach, I hear you ask? It is basically a mentor who helps others to reach goals. They may help people develop emotionally, cognitively, academically, and professionally. You would help other people establish goals and develop action plans to achieve them. Many life coaches also work to motivate clients throughout the process. Most life coaches are self-employed, but some may work for residential care services or treatment facilities.

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