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Regardless of what you do, the odds are that you could potentially get a job teaching. If you have significant professional experience in a field (or even not that significant professional experience), you are likely qualified to teach. Education is a gigantic industry and there are a ton of potential education-related employers that you can work for.
Going into teaching can be an excellent choice if you are interested in going in a different direction in your career. One of the most rewarding things about choosing a teaching career is that you can draw upon your experience and profit from it. In fact, you can even do teaching as a second job in many cases.
I have had two formal teaching jobs in my career and all of them I got fairly easily. I enjoyed the teaching because in both cases the jobs drew upon my expertise.
The first teaching job I got was when I was a college student at the University of Chicago—a professor asked me to help teach a course for a semester. I was teaching primarily about an issue that I had become an expert in through a lot of independent research and work. I really enjoyed the experience and teaching the class was second nature for me because I knew so much about it.
The second teaching job I got was when I was an attorney—I saw an advertisement for a law professor job, applied, and was hired within a few days. This too was an easy job for me because I was able to draw upon my experience as an attorney. I simply got up in front of the podium and spoke about things I had learned in my job over the past few years.
Another time, I opened my mailbox and received a letter from the University of Phoenix offering me a teaching job that I had not even applied for! They wanted me to teach a course about business. This would have been an easy course to teach as well.
I also happen to love teaching. I write articles, teach several online courses and generally enjoy teaching a great deal.
Despite the incredible luck I’ve had, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many people to find teaching jobs. Many people are eager to go into teaching because there are so many good things about the jobs:
There are exceptions to this, of course. For example, many teaching jobs have horrible salaries. Other teaching jobs with for-profit educational institutions may have little employment security and no benefits at all. However, as a general rule, working in teaching can be a rewarding career in many respects.
How to Find Teaching Jobs
If you are looking for a teaching job, the following are the places you should consider working: (1) public k-12 schools, (2) private k-12 schools, (3) trade schools, (4) colleges and universities, (5) corporations, and (6) miscellaneous employers such as state-specific boards of education, the US Department of Education, preschools and Teach for America.
Most education-related jobs are not advertised on large job sites and are best found, instead, by going directly to the job site of the educational employer. Because there are so many education-related employers it is extremely important that you know where to look.
State-Specific Boards of Education
US Department of Education
(Typically not a lot of jobs on this site but a good source to review for the sake of being thorough)
There are numerous sources of education and teaching-related jobs out there. The best way to find teaching jobs is to insure that you go to the source of where you are seeking to work. You need to remember that most education jobs are not well advertised and that the best way to find them is typically to search direct on the website of the education employer.
Education is a gigantic industry, and there are many employers for whom you can work. One of the most rewarding things about is teaching career is your ability to draw upon and profit from your experience. The ideal way to find a teaching position is to go directly to the source of where you hope to work.
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