Career Change Tips For Educators.

Career change for teachers is something that many did not foresee. When entering the teaching field, some people saw it as their life’s work. And then life changed them. Sometimes people burn out on teaching in the public school system. Others find that working with children all day is something they do not want to do for the rest of their lives.

Still others have their goals change when they marry and have children. On the other side of the coin, there are those seeking a career change to teaching. They have done other things and now want to seek work in the field of education. What do these people have in common?

Education is more than knowing a subject well and teaching others about it. It involves mentoring and helping students in a particular phase of their lives. Elementary teachers work with students on all subjects. Secondary teachers work in a particular subject with students.

College professors help students gain detailed knowledge about a topic or class subject. It takes patience and the ability to connect to be a successful teacher. A career change for teachers means taking those skills and translating them to another field. For those wanting a career change to teaching, many of those skills are natural in business and other fields.

Teachers can transition to areas of work in their area of specialty. For example, a high school science teacher has the qualifications that might work as a lab technician or other similar position. A college professor of economics might find work as an economist with a major company.

On the other side, it works in reverse. Someone with experience as a scientist can transition into teaching science at the high school level with just a bit of training. Whether it is a career change for teachers or someone who wants a career change to teaching, taking skills with you makes the transition easier.

Experience as a teacher works well in the business world. Working with groups of people in a classroom prepares the teacher for non-academic groups. They can do presentations and public speaking without blinking.

And the same is true the other way as well. When you work with people, you can do it in a classroom or in a boardroom. A career change for teachers and a career change to teaching involve translating skills into a new job. Which way you want your career to go?

So, what does it take to make that career change either way? Make an inventory of the skills you use in your current position. Then look at what you want to do. How do those skills translate from one side to the other? Do you need to gain more education to make the switch? When making the career change to teaching, you likely need to get certification for teaching before you can transition. When looking at a career change for teachers, additional training to upgrade skills may be a necessity. All of this will help you make the switch one way or the other.



About Buzz Smith

Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.

Posted on October 23, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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