Friday, November 18, 2005
Alternative careers for teachers
I presented on this topic a few years ago at a conference for student teachers. The room was so packed that I had students floor-sitting the parameter of the room. In Michigan, at least, teaching jobs are in short supply. And, let’s face it, the average number of years spent in teaching nationwide averages out to just 5 years. Five years and then people are out looking for the next career.
So, what can you do with a teaching certificate—other than teach?
Drawing from personal experience, that range could cover the following (condensed version): manager, small business owner, corporate trainer and, of course, my current career counselor position.
But let’s look even further. How about a list of 101 possible career options? Well, funny you should mention that number since it’s exactly what Margaret Gisler comes up with in her book, 101 Career Alternatives for Teachers. The book is divided topically, covering major employment sectors such as business, public service and publishing, to name a few. Of particular interest, however, is a list of transferrable teaching and other necessary skills—often hard for career changers to identify.