Teach Middle East Magazine Jan-Feb 2018 Issue 3 Volume 5 - Page 52

Personal Development 10 CAREER CHOICES FOR TEACHERS WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE CLASSROOM I t is noble to think that once you become a teacher you will dedicate your entire working life to the profession and some people do, but for those who have simply had enough of the classroom and would like a change, here are ten career choices for you to consider starting, from the obvious to the not so obvious. Before I go any further, let me stress that making a career change is not something that should be taken lightly and chances are, you already know this, after all you are teachers. It is advisable to examine the cause of your discontent, sometimes all you need is a change of school or a good rest and you may begin to see things differently. In the last issue we dealt with the topic of teacher burnout and how to spot it. Ensure that any decisions you make about your career and life, are done when you are well rested and in a place where you can think clearly and objectively. 1. School Administrator Most school administrators begin their careers as classroom teachers, in fact, I believe that administrators who were once teachers are better suited to leading a school. Please be aware that many school administrators still teach, so if you want to never teach again this might not be possible in some schools. Teachers are ideally suited to rise the ranks into administration and this can be a great way to get a break from the rigours of classroom teaching, while still remaining in education and serving students. Be sure that you are ready for the role of an administrator, as it can be just as or even more taxing than being a teacher. Look into, good management training programmes and find a mentor if this is something that you are seriously considering. 2. Teacher Trainer/ Education Consultant This position is not only for retired educators, more and more educators are making the move into teacher training and consultancy, midway in their careers. If you believe that you have what it takes to help other teachers and schools improve, then this could be a perfect fit for you. Please be aware that many consultants in education are self-employed, so if this is not something that you are ready for, then you may want to start off by becoming a lecturer on a teacher training course. It does not take you out of the classroom, but it does allow you to teach adults rather than children. 3. Corporate Trainer Training other professionals in a business setting can be a fantastic way to use your presentation, communication, and leadership skills. In fact, many former teachers prefer this career to having a job in a traditional classroom setting, since they get to teach without dealing with the bureaucracy of a school. Aside from training groups of business professionals, corporate trainers can also coach individual executives or put their services to work for non-profit organisations. Many job adverts for cooperate trainers ask for teaching experience as a pre-requisite. 4. Private Tutor to The Stars Many teachers would rather help individual students rather than trying to control an entire class. Many celebrities and wealthy individuals have turned to home-schooling as a viable alternative for their children. Home-schooling allows them to be able to travel with their kids and live