Post # 1
I am wondering if anyone can think of any careers, other than teaching, where a degree in education would be valued. I have my elementary education degree but I have not been able to find a teaching job since graduating a few years ago. I know I shouldn’t give up, but this journey has been heartbreaking and disappointing to say the least. I think the final straw for me came today. I had emailed my principal about a job posting last week (I currently work as an aide at an elementary school). He emailed me back that he is only going to be considering people with teaching experience for the position as it is part of a special program. I wrote back that I hope he will keep me in mind for any future positions.
Flash forward to this week, I see another posting at my school, this time just a regular classroom position, so I applied for it. I heard nothing back from him. And then today, I go to check my email only to see that the position has been filled by another aide at my school, one that has worked in the district half the time that I have and is younger than me. Maybe this news is what’s making me feel this way, but I really think I’m done. So if anyone has any ideas of other related fields that I could consider, I would really appreciate your thoughts.
Post # 3
Have you considered training? I work in the training field and my employers are alwaytalking about hiring teachers, etc cause there is such a shortage of teaching jobs right now. I’ve worked in training for a social media company, the government, and now an elearning company.
Post # 4
You should talk with your principal, figure out if you should really move on from that school. Just becuase that school doesn’t need you as a teacher, does not mean somewhere else would be very happy to have you on. Have you been applying else where?
Have you thought about getting a masters degree?
I know tutoring places hire teachers, but they often work off hours (afterschool and weekends). They can make much better money if they are doing highschool AP tutoring, or SAT prep.
What about textbook sales for McGraw Hill or soemthing. They hire teachers.
Post # 5
Thank you both for the suggestions. My plan as of now is to email my prinicipal regarding this issue. I plan to ask for constructive criticism, and find out his reasoning behind not interviewing me for this position that I am qualified for.
I currently work as a private tutor on the side so I am hoping to expand this as I make much more money at this than at my official job. However, being a private tutor is not always steady or reliable work and that is why I am considering other fields as well. You both provided some great suggestions that I will look into as I continue to figure out my path.
Post # 6
I had a friend that left teaching for a corporate job with Kaplan and another that left to work for Teach for America….might try those options….don’t know if these options work for you or not but thought I would give my 2 cents.
Post # 7
Department of Education in your state?
Post # 8
A teaching degree shows that you have communication skills, public speaking, can relate to groups of people, are dependable, have decent reading, writing, organization, spelling, math skills. This is relatable to many jobs, the one that comes to mind is HR or being a trainer. Even a receptionist would work, if you are looking for a corporate job.
Post # 9
What about outreach at a museum type place? I work at a zoo and we have an outreach department – it’s mostly former teachers – they do go and teach, but it’s more like brief presentations, and obviously not in a traditional classroom setting. They present to groups all the way from preschools up to senior centers. Our science museum has a similar program, and I’m sure art museums do, too.
As PP mentioned, HR possibly (that’s what I do), but probably more in the corporate training/development side versus hiring/employement law/benefits.
Post # 10
I too am a teaching and am getting discouraand at the lack of jobs. At this point I just want to be working!! Only problem is, I live in a small town where there is not many options other than a minimum wage job, and I’d be silly to give up my substituting for a job that I would make less in for working way more hours. Would love to find something that mdetaching degree would be useful for 🙁