It is that time of the year when schools are sending out their letters of intent for next school year. They want to know if you are coming back, are you wondering the same question? Are you burnout? Is the demand of the classroom becoming too much? Has a major life event occurred that full-time work or work outside of the home is too much? Are you ready for a career change? If you are a yes or even a maybe to these questions then you might want to consider some of these jobs. These are still in the education field, but can offer the type of change you are seeking.
Curriculum Writer & Instructional Designer
Textbook companies prefer to hire former teachers to help write and create their textbooks and curriculum. Did you notice gaps in the textbooks? Did you think the textbooks did not translate into the classroom? Then why not be the person that writes the textbook? The big three educational companies not only write textbooks, they also now create complete lessons and curriculum for online schools. You can write and create every aspect of an online lesson
To piggyback on the previous one. You do not need to just work as a writer or designer, there are hundreds of other jobs that the big educational companies like Pearson and McGraw-Hill need. Their website is filled with opportunities like a sales representative, marketing, and editing
If you still love teaching and working with kids, but working full-time out of the home is no longer manageable, consider online teaching. As education is transforming and technology is becoming more integral to daily life, online schools are growing each year. Online teaching often results in a pay cut, but you can teach in your pajama pants and do household activities in between classes.
You are an expert in your subject and have the years of experience that parents and clients desire. Tutors usually charge $25-$50 an hour which adds up quickly. With the widespread use of technology, now you can also tutor from the comfort of your own home. Online tutoring services are becoming more common and more diverse. Most companies consider you a contract worker, so you can usually work for several companies.
Summer camps, zoos, libraries, museums, recreation centers, metro parks etc… all need someone to direct, create, and implement their educational classes. Parents and adults themselves are really taking advantage of these new types of classes.
College Academic Adviser
Advisers help current and potential students find their path in college and post-college life. This is a great career if you prefer to work more one on one with students. Universities know that former teachers have the intellect and guidance that young adults need to find their own career.
We like to think of this as more of an umbrella term since it there are so many things you can do as a consultant. You can work for a company or a school district when they need to negotiate contracts. You can set up seminars and professional work days for teachers. You can even tour and be a presenter at educational conferences. Be the person on stage rather than listen. Think about all of the topics you wanted to hear or learn about.
This past year, you were the person preparing the students and handing out the tests, why not become the person that scores the tests. Test scoring includes the elementary grades as well as the ACT and SAT. This is more of a seasonal position, but it is great for part-time work and they pay very well.