To those considering leaving the teaching profession....

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  1. lucybelle

    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    Something else I think I'd love to do is work in a study abroad office. I live in an area ripe with colleges and universities, I think it'd be great to be able to snag one of those jobs. The problem is I think they want a "global studies" degree. A degree that is, let's be honest, one of those "congrats you graduated" degrees. Having studied abroad, lived abroad, traveled a ton, and worked in very international environments I feel equally or more than qualified as anyone who holds a "global studies" degree. But I'm afraid I would never even get to an interview.
     
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    Good for you. Yes, if I could redo it, I might have gotten into this field as well. SLP, the field I later got into is in high demand too though.
     
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    You never know until you apply! Make your resume and your cover letter strong and be prepared to "sell" yourself in an interview. I would also try to network as I think a lot of these jobs have to do with who you know.
     
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    @lucybelle That would be an excellent job I think! I've looked at jobs within group travel companies like EFT and GoAhead in their educational tours department. I will probably start applying for those jobs after this year or when my daughter turns 18 in 7 years. It would require a move from where I currently live now.
     
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    I'm in a great, high achieving, high SES district with great colleagues, strong union, enviable pay scale...and yet what we were has gradually been worn away like beachfront property...grain of sand at a time.... My colleagues and my kids and a bit of push back I've earned through the years keeps me going.
     
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    I looked briefly into openings about a year ago and as far as I could tell there weren't any. In fact right when I was looking someone had just snagged a "Latin/South American Coordinator" position at a nearby university which I definitely would have applied for! I feel like currently I need to just ride out my job for the next few years since we plan on moving internationally again. Maybe when we get back I can look into it more seriously. I sort of get into these funks where I daydream thinking about other things I could be doing. (I also look up jobs in international schools in random countries- Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland...) If I ever want to actually leave education I need to stop daydreaming and start working towards it!

    That sounds like a lot of fun, too!!!
     
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    I occasionally will do the same thing. Look up jobs in other cities/countries to see what else I could be doing out there. I'm not as adventurous in the countries I'm looking at, really just in the UK. I'm also looking in the Boston area because that's where a lot of the educational tour group jobs are located, which I wouldn't mind at all!
     
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    Lucybelle, I know someone with almost the exact same educational background as me (B.S., M.Ed in Secondary Ed with foreign language teaching certification) running a study abroad office at my alma mater. I did an informational interview with this person a few years ago as I was interested in hearing about their career path. I encourage you to apply to openings and see what happens! You may start making connections by becoming involved in the international student community at a nearby university and also look into http://www.nafsa.org/
     

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