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February 08, 2012

Education Majors: Changing Careers

Before changing careers it is important that you have done the requisite self-analysis and concluded that a career change is the proper course of action. The next logical question is how can you possibly use your education degree in any other career? At this point you are probably poised for a lita...

August 11, 2011

Finding a Plan B: 25 Career Options for Education Majors

If you feel stuck in your job search, do not lose hope. First and foremost, the labor market is not as bleak as you might believe. If a traditional teaching position is your primary objective, be persistent. The fastest way to increase your job prospects is to expand the geographical parameters of y...

July 23, 2011

Life After Teaching

Recently, Joyce from Massachusetts posted this question on the Education Week Top School Jobs Career Corner blog. I would like to address her question as my blog entry this week. Teaching was a second career for me, so when I retired, I did not get as large a pension as a 30-year teacher. Therefor...

June 22, 2011

Jobs Outside of Traditional Classroom Teaching

Last week, a reader indicated that she is having "great doubts" about whether she wants to pursue elementary school teaching and wonders what other career options she might pursue. There are many reasons to consider career opportunities outside of traditional classroom teaching: a) lack of teaching ...

April 30, 2011

Part-time, flex-schedule, and work-from-home jobs

Question from a reader: "What are the top K-12-related part-time, flexible-schedule, and work-from-home job opportunities teachers can explore to stay current in their careers while staying home with children?" The response to your question may be helpful to new teacher candidates trying to gain e...

March 09, 2011

Alternatives to Traditional Public School Teaching Employment

During our recent educator job fair, I was amazed at the number of candidates who were discarding phenomenal opportunities because of their lack of research. When asked if they had talked to the charter schools, the most common response I received was "what is a charter school?" Here is my attempt...

January 24, 2011

In What Other Careers Can My Education Degree be Used? (Part 1)

I am hesitant to respond to any career changer before determining that there is ample reason for a change, but that is especially true of my interactions with educators who wish to leave the field. First, I know very well that good, experienced teachers are hard to find and for a variety of reasons ...

February 06, 2009

Making the Most of Substitute Teaching

In these times of uncertainty, most new teachers entering the workforce are understandably concerned about their ability to obtain teaching positions. During the last decade or so it was fairly common for teachers to sign a contract right out of college, sometimes while they were still student teac...

December 20, 2006

Michelle --- being a teacher assistant

Michelle --- being a teacher assistant, a substitute teacher, a long-term sub, a teacher's aide, etc. are all good alternatives to full-time teaching, if you can survive financially. Your academic achievements and volunteer experiences are excellent building blocks, but subbing, etc. places you dir...

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