Alternative Careers for Teachers

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  1. Emmy

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    What are some alternative careers for teachers outside of a school setting? With school districts only hiring displaced and laid off teachers I feel I must consider other options. I would prefer something full time, and that pays decent, so tutoring and child-care jobs are not an option for me because of the low pay. Any ideas?
     
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    I feel the same way. I can't even find a job at Home Depot right now. I have 10 years teaching and nothing, just letters saying that we regret to inform you that you were not selected.

    I just applied to be a car salesman and I believe I got the job. I can't believe how bad things are. Even my friends that are teachers with secure jobs are miserable. They have all suffered pay cuts and rising health care costs.

    This is a bad time for teachers and I hate to say I think it will get worse.

    I am finding it so difficult to transfer to an industry career and not teach. But I have a wife and daughter to provide for.
     
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    zoos, museums, nature centers...places you might field trip
     
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    I'm in banking.
     
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    I do lots of freelance writing.

    You could look into working for ETS or any of the educational publishers.
     
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    I was turned down from Target recently. Unfortunately, some interviewers seem the think that you can only teach with a degree in education. Honestly, we're awesome multi-taskers and managers.

    I did find a tutoring position that was full time (no benefits though) and I was paid teacher pay. It was in a public school so keep your eyes peeled for opportunities like that. The downside was no benefits and if children weren't there I was not paid.

    Hospitals are worth looking into. I scored an interview for an administrative position with decent pay/ benefits and unfortunately was not chosen.

    Rehabilitation centers for juveniles need educators from what I hear too. I'm returning back to school for a new career should I not find employment this summer but before I literally applied to everything that seemed like it might have benefits and decent pay.
     
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    I am worried about not getting hired. My plan for the fall if I am not employed is to continue subbing in my area. I got plenty of calls from March until the end of May between a school and a co-op program. I may look into a part time job that I can work nights and weekends but I don't want to take myself out of the education area. Luckily, I am still living at home so I don't have to worry about some of the other issues of rent and the like.
     
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    You can always be an aide or a sub for the year while looking for a full time position.
     
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    I did sub this past year and it led to nowhere cause my district along with all districts in my area are on a hiring freeze. Plus no benefits. Teacher aides are paid so lowly ($16,000 a year or less).

    I do live at home so I don't have to worry about rent right now. But I hate living at home, and am 30 years old and feel its time to move out. I can't just wait for the economy to get better and finally move out when I'm 35. Got to start living my own life away from home.

    I really don't know what I'll do. I've looked at the museums in my area, and none have any education jobs available right now and I just can't sit home and wait for one to turn up. Thinking I may even try to get a job as a receptionist just so I can start making money and move out.
     
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    I worked part time as a Christian Ed director at 2 different churches while being a SAHM. They were in pretty high demand - I had 2 churches bidding for me when I relocated. Now, there are more colleges offering it as a major but when I got my jobs, they were specifically looking for education majors. Some of the churches have day cares and require an education degree to oversee the general operations as well.
     
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    When I didn't have a teaching job right out of college, I took a customer service position for a major insurance / finance institution and learned finance well enough to create a secondary resume. CSRs who can cut through a customer's emotion to find the question are worth training with the answers.
     
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    Every single day I hear "Why aren't you a teacher? You make this stuff make so much sense!" Ummmm, well....you see...I AM a teacher. Don't get me started. At any rate, it makes me good at my job. I spend my days figuring out what went wrong, or why something happened the way it did, then explaining it to bankers in a way that they're able to turn around and explain it to customers. I've had several of the higher ups tell me that they actively look for out of work teachers for that very reason.
     
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    I'm not sure where you live, but preschool jobs in school districts (title 5) actually pay a lot if you can get one (a few thousand a month). You have to have the classes and get an early childhood permit though. I student taught in kindergarten and they applied that as my experience. just a thought in case that's a possibilty. I worked at a children's museum on the floor too and although it was very low paying, they always offered the "floor employees" the upper level jobs first.
     
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    I don't know how many of you are willing to rtn to school, but it's worth considering. You may not want to get a 2nd Masters degree like I'm working on now for Speech-Lang Pathology, but a Speech-Lang Path Assistant requires a bachelor's in the communication disorders field & if your degree's in something else, most schools will allow you to take a list of prereq courses, which is a lot shorter than working on another whole bachelor's. THEN, you do have to complete a (normally 2-yr) SLPA program.

    Hey, it's quicker than getting another whole Bachelor's or Masters if you want as little extra college as possible! I'm just giving suggestions! :)

    I find it a real shame that teachers can't even seem to get retail, customer service, restaurant type jobs. I mean we're way overly qualified for it! Maybe they think us teachers will walk around like we're the boss & be on a high horse or something OR will request too much pay when they ask what our desired pay is. I personally always say on applications that I'll take the prevailing rate. I'm trying to get the job 1st. It's NOT the time to act like I'm all high & mighty & they can't afford me.

    A couple of summers ago (after I had my MA degree), I applied to a big clothing store (SteinMart). Now I hadn't worked in retail for over 10 yrs. I think the interviewing mgr thought I was smug & that I could do even a mgr's job, which I know I could do, but I was NOT smug or had a chip on my shoulder, etc. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.
     
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    Center Director of a preschool is close if not the same as teaching. Also, working as a director to a YMCA is as well. A part time tutor is probably not going to pay the bills but if you were a director of a tutoring center that would be something different.
     
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    Ms. I, I think one of the big reasons employers don't want to hire people that are over-qualified is simply because they know that person will leave as soon as they find a job in their "real" field. If I hadn't found a teaching job last year, I would have taken a minimum wage job just for the sheer fact that some money is better than no money- but you can bet I would have been "real" job searching the whole time and out the door the second I got offered anything even related to education. Employers don't want to hire someone that is still actively looking for another job and will leave the second they get it.
     
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    waterfall, yep, I've thought of that reason too & I do think that's the main reason. :)
     
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    Another job type I just thought if: Corporate Training.
     
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    The problem with that is most companies require that you work your way into that position over years. I wanted to go into training at Big Insurance Company but was told the pool of applicants was insane.
     
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    First off, this is a great thread and thanks for starting it.

    I would be interested in starting on a Masters... the problem is, I feel like it would be a waste of time (e.g. getting an M.Ed). It's not that I think districts might prefer just a Bachelors or anything like that. I just think it's a waste of time, in terms of my potential for landing a job. It's like putting another layer onto a cake that no one is going to eat anyway.

    Teaching opportunities are dead. That's the sick thing. Now you might get a people here or there who say otherwise (and post here how they got a job! etc.) But that's not the reality to the rest of the people. So to put more effort into trying to look attractive for an opportunity that not going to come, I think it's a mistake. (e.g. to get a Masters of Curriculum). And I would feel like I'm actually being a bit irresponsible and ignorant by doing that.

    But I would like to start on a Masters, one that is meaningful outside of teaching. Something in agriculture maybe, something in cyberspace (e.g.cybersecurity), etc. The problem with those of course, is that my track wasn't in those areas (making the course that much longer).
     
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    True, but I did make my way to second interviews for two positions and a final interview for one position in my job search two years ago. For all three jobs, the amount of travel was more than I could handle. The one that was in the area where I had family was one of the ones that I didn't get to the final interview but I bombed that particular interview, so I don't know what would have happened if I'd had a good day. In all of them, the people interviewing me were really impressed with my teaching background. I think I may have gotten the one job if I could have handled the travel. They had made the comment that it's easier for somebody to learn the ins and outs of the company, but it's not so easy to learn how to teach.
     
  23. Miss J. Pre-K

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    I'm applying for social work positions. They say that they just require a bachelors degree, but I'm sure they look favorably on people who have experience or degrees in social work. I'm considering getting a masters in child (developmental) psychology. I would like to open a counseling practice or join one someday, not work as a counselor in a school. :)

    You can always consider adding more certifications. My cert is early childhood and I'm thinking about taking the tests for either elementary or family and consumer sciences.

    The lady that has helped me at the Employment Security Commission is a former elementary teacher. My uncle taught high school and started selling insurance full time soon after his first year of teaching. A family friend is a land surveyer but his original degree was high school history teaching. My dad stopped teaching for 7 years and was a full-time church janitor before he started again. The point is, you can pretty much do anything if you want to get out of teaching. It depends how much money and time and further training you want to put in it.
     
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    Funny but true story. My part time job is a profesional writter for websites lol Yes I know my grammer is terriable on here but when I write articles, spell checker is my friend lol Anyway, teaching Ive noticed opens the door for alot of upper managment career tracks. You can pretty much go any where you want with it. My ultimate life goal though is to learn to fly. I want to save up enough money to take flying lessons and then become a pilot.
     
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    You may want to check out www.workplacelikehome.com

    I have a full-time job (as many hours as I want) working from home. It's as an independent contractor but the pay is great. I work for a company called Leapforce. The testing to qualify is pretty intense but it's open book and the pay is much higher than minimum wage.

    I'm still hoping to find a full-time teaching job for fall but have been doing this job 10 - 30 hours a week for over a year now.

    Thanks to everyone for posting all of the great career alternatives!
     
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    What kind of contractor work is this? Rockhubby is looking for something to carry him through until something in his field (geology) comes up.
     
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    Starling, I'm intrigued too. I see I have to register before seeing anything. Can you tell us more about it? :)
     
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    Thanks checking it out now. I have not been payed for almost a month now for a month's worth of writting in part time job. Kinda getting tired of waiting for the extra cash. I was looking for something new lol
     
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    To Emmy:

    I sympathize with all of you. I too am seeking alternatives. I chose to go back to school in 2 different career areas but still no job. In hindsight, I chose the wrong career areas. I should probably have gotten an MBA. Look at websites of jobs/careers that are projected as growth areas. As Kobe Bryant said "2010-11 was a wasted year of my life." Those who live at home and are under 30 can probably play the waiting game until the economy turns around but also obtain more credentialed areas while you look. The rest of us with rent, etc. to pay cannot afford "wasted years." Some of you sound like you never had a plan B. In this economy, everyone needs a plan B (change in career). Those of you that are determined to teach today no matter what should look in states and areas you normally would not consider (Indian Reservations, very rural areas, other countries) and do not forget those last minute open positions due to deaths or retirements. Personally, I would never be an aide or substitute in hopes of being hired unless the school had a policy of hiring from those areas. You put a year into it, are not hired and then what does that look like to other districts? Just my opinions from life lessons learned. I hope you all find the job of your dreams.
     
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    Let's keep this thread alive. It's interesting & informative to read!
     
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    Yes, Ms. I..... I agree. This thread is interesting and informative to read.
     
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    How many of you feel the same way about subbing as CAretired? I had not thought of it that way.
    I am a master's level teacher with 4 years of experience. I have applied for every job available in my field - Pre k - 5, all subjects and middle grades language and social studies - and I am still hitting brick walls. I have gone to countless schools and presented myself, Ive applied online to the schools that require online applications and also presented myself to those schools. I have my information, resume, application and certification on file at the local school district, and just cant seem to find anything.
    It is very discouraging. My school loans are almost 600.00 per month.
    This was my plan B. I was a paralegal prior to this. I didnt make a lot of money (about 30,000) per year, but lost my job due to a lay off. I went back to school and while doing that, taught at a private, Christian school for the past 4 years.
    So now, here I am without a teaching job, I left the Christian school to pursue a job in the public school system. I was only making $20,000 there and I found that my boys were not getting the education they should in the upper grades due to them accepting druggies and other kids kicked out of public school.
    Anyway, I am sorry for going on and on. I just want to know what do we do if this was our plan B?
     
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    Quite honestly, I feel like I've made the biggest mistake of my life.
     
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    In my experience, there are some schools who are quite happy to have you substitute without ever considering hiring you. I stayed too long at one of those. But I signed on with some other districts and withing 2 weeks, I had a LTS job for the rest of the year. That experience led me to get my current job. My current district is very aggressive about finding subs and student teachers positions if they are impressive.
     
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    I never thought of that either waaay back when I started subbing in 1999. To sum up my personal feelings about teaching as briefly as possible (WAY BEFORE the way the economy got this way), I NEVER wanted to be a teacher, but got into it when subbing was the next best job to have so I didn't have to continue the retail, fast food type jobs. After a couple yrs of subbing, I decided I wanted to be a resource specialist & ultimately got 2 credentials because my mom who worked for the dist told me the dist was partnering w/ a local univ for this dual cred program, so I did it & ended up getting my MA in Special Ed too.

    I got hired right away the same summer I graduated in 2006 w/ my 1st choice position & that yr went OK, but I wasn't rehired & had always been interested in speech pathology since graduating from HS. So, I returned to subbing & after a serious ankle injury that took a good several mos to recover, I returned to school in 2008 to take communication disorders classes. To be an SLP, it's mandatory to have a Masters, so going back to school to get a 2nd Masters didn't bother me. I started grad school just last month & I'm happy I chose to switch gears & get out of teaching.

    Not that I regret ANY schooling I did, but if I could redo it, I would have goneinto SLP in the 1st place. Oh well.
     
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    I know exactly how you feel.
     
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    I am in the same situation. I am now seeking work in a totally different field.
     
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    I couldn't agree more.

    I worked 16 hours a day this past year subbing full-time while working full time as a server to keep my benefits through the restaurant.

    I CANNOT DO THAT AGAIN!

    When I tell anyone and everyone I'll most likely leave teaching this year, I'm asked, "Well what else will you do?" They make me feel like I'm not qualified to do anything else.

    So recently I've been trying to compile a list of "transferable skills."

    It's not easy.

    Also, in teaching, it's EASY to APPLY for the teaching jobs...Locate the district and then apply. (please don't get me wrong, I know the application process is tedious and time-consuming)

    But finding a job in another area is difficult. It's hard to FIND the companies to apply to. Does that make sense?

    Anyone with ideas or suggestions, please feel free. I'm at a loss, but I can't work 80 hours a week anymore.
     
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    I just received a rejection email from my phone interview with Liberty Travel. :unsure:
     
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    I have worked in local government for the last three years (property taxes).

    After my first six months at this job I decided I just had to get back into teaching. Unfortunately, the economy has gotten worse each year since. I live in North Texas and things are really bad for teachers here.

    Want to teach so much again and have even considered subbing, but not sure my family can afford it.

    I am so depressed.
     
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    Hinsdsight is 20/20 of course, but if I had to do it over again, I would have worked towards a Special Ed credential back in 1999 instead of regular ed.
    I was already in my 40's when I started working towards my multiple subject credential, and did not want to take the time to get two credentials. I felt one would take me long enough.
    Then, the laws were changed to permit a straight path to special ed. If only I had known in advance.

    I have pretty much given up on finding a teaching job. I no longer actively seek out contracted opportunities because I know that based on experience, I will spend long hours job hunting for nothing.

    I have been a sub since 1997, and cleared my credential in 2005, yet after spending so many hours on ed-join and at job fairs with no results, I stopped searching about two years ago.

    I have the trifecta working against me,

    1. I am over 50
    2. I don't speak Spanish.
    3. I have never been a contracted teacher.

    This puts me at the bottom of the barrel.

    My only hope is serendipity. Since I am well known at some schools, I am hoping someone might offer me some day without going through the traditional channels.

    My best chance was in 2005. I was almost hired at a great district with a preliminary credential, but I was told that they gave their subs priority.
    The next year I cleared my credential and went back for an 11:30 interview, but someone goofed and put me down for 10:30.
    Of course ,I could not prove this was not my mistake, so I had a meaningless courtesy interview at the end of the day.
    I actually arrived at 10:45.

    Another avenue for 2nd careers are short term vocational programs in high demand fields. Most only last six to 12 months, and can give one a quick career until things get better.
     

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