Beyond the Teaching Job
Beginner's Job Hunting Guide
Whether the teacher has retired after twenty or more years of classroom service or just desires a change in profession, making use of skills acquired while teaching makes good sense.
Three Possibilities to Consider
Beginner's Guide to Finding a Job: The Textbook Publishing Industry
Put that content knowledge to use in the publishing industry. Jobs in the industry exist for both full and part-time work. More often than not today, publishing houses working with school materials publish beyond the covers of just a textbook. Most products are now in print and digital forms, so a comfort zone with technology helps your chances of getting into the industry. Educators often think that they want to write the textbook. That is a difficult field to work into as most publishing companies work with major publishing houses and well-known authors for that task. Looking to field sales and consulting jobs present the bigger opportunity. Two major field jobs typically form the employee roster of educational publishing houses. The sales job is a full-time gig in most instances and requirements usually include teaching or sales experience.
A better idea for breaking into the industry is to consider consulting. Consultant jobs include both full and part-time options. Field consultants present the publisher’s products and provide training once a product is selected. Consider this route if presenting to groups and public speaking excite you. A bubbly personality and love of curriculum stand as good qualifiers for this job. To break into this industry as a consultant can be tough. The beauty of the situation can be summed up in two words-per diem.
Publishers get busy at certain times of year and need extra help to showcase their products. They all hire consultants who work much like substitute teachers, that is, only when that extra help is needed. The benefits of going this route are many. The per diem consultant gets to see if work in the industry is a good fit for them. The publishing company has the benefit of seeing if the per diem fits into their company. Often full-time positions are filled from the per diem consultant ranks. Publishing companies present a great opportunity to former teachers. Three major companies to try are Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, and Macmillan McGraw-Hill. Going through online applications isn’t the greatest way to find these per diem jobs. Go to a curriculum person in a school system and ask for the name of a sales representative for the textbook companies. Sales representatives typically find and facilitate the hiring of per diem consultants rather than these applications coming through online human resources arenas.
Beginner's Guide to Finding a Job: Article Writing
Teachers by nature of their job are communicators. Content providers online can make real extra dollars. This is not a fast income but one that can be interesting and fulfilling for those with a teaching background. About what would the teacher write? Quite literally “anything” would be the answer to that question. Certainly articles about teaching or learning present interesting articles. The sky defines the limit on this one though. Content articles are needed on all subjects.
How does one make money from writing articles? Several different models exist. Some sites pay the writer directly for the articles. Examples of this system include Helium and Ezine. On other sites, such as Infobarrel, the writer writes an article of his or her choice. That article is then published on the site and advertisements put with that article. The writer is paid for everyone that clicks on those advertisements! Bingo, the writer is an entrepreneur!
Beginner's Guide to Finding a Job:Private or Commercial Tutoring
Put those teaching skills to direct work as a private tutor. Private tutors earn anywhere from $25 per hour and up. Although the economy is tough, tutoring stands out as almost recession proof. Parents with education as a priority will continue to pay for help for their children. Tutoring services are provided from the tutor’s or student’s homes.
Commercial entities such as Sylvan Learning, Kumon Math, and Kensington Learning Centers stand out as examples of such companies. The pay per hour can be less than private tutoring but a bit easier in that materials and place are provided by the company.
Do not underestimate the school systems in this possibility of tutoring. With high stakes testing now abundant, school systems hire hourly tutors as well for certain high risk students. A fast check with the local school district potentially offers these tutoring opportunities.
The only way to begin is just to jump out there and do it. Consider these thoughts as the search for a teacher perfect job outside the classroom begins.