Modern-day teaching is all about adopting new technology. While this has helped the world of education and teaching take giant strides, the changes have not been welcome for many teachers. In recent years, there has been an alarming shift in the number of teachers either opting to quit teaching get into another field, either in public sector jobs or they start working in the private sector with teacher qualifications, or not take up teaching altogether.
Why Teachers Quit Their Profession
Inability to Keep Up with New Teaching Methods
Many experienced teachers have found it difficult to cope with the new teaching methods. Being old school, they continue to use tried and tested teaching methods every day, thinking them best for their students. In the past, a teacher could take extra time to help those students who were lagging behind or use a different method of explanation to make a concept easier to grasp.
One of the most unfortunate reasons why teachers quit their jobs is the unfair rates of monetary compensation. Though most teachers do not join this profession solely for the money, for some it is their livelihood. Most schools, especially in India, do not pay their teachers well. There are no stringent policies in place to ensure that teacher payrolls are fair.
Lack of Role in Decision-Making Process
Earlier, teachers used to have more control and influence in the planning of lessons every day, as well as tests and exams, and the process of evaluation. However, with an increase in bureaucratic processes, teachers are no longer part of the process of designing the curriculum or teaching methods in a school.
Teaching: A Dying Art
For many old school teachers, teaching used to be a form of art. However, in the present system of schools and colleges, methods have been set in place for them to follow. In place of intuitive teaching, now the concept of ‘one size fits all’ has made it inflexible for teachers to opt for a different approach, taking the child’s interests, abilities, and obstacles into account. Teachers can no longer bring in their personal strengths while teaching.
Off-Beat Career Options for Ex-Teachers in the Private Sector
Despite the rewards that teaching can bestow upon a teacher, not all teachers find that the job works for their lifestyle. For those teachers, these jobs in the private sector can just be the right break they need to get their careers back on track and start enjoying what they do for a living.
Motivating students is one of the main responsibilities of a teacher. This is an easily marketable skill, especially for those teachers looking to explore the field of personal training. To advance in the field quickly, it is important to earn your personal trainer certification. An obvious profession for physical education teachers, physical training, however, can be exciting for any former teacher who has coached, especially while you are still working as an educator.
The job of a museum curator is to acquire, store, and exhibit art. With a teaching background, you can easily plan displays, events, and shows that will benefit and engage your intended audience.
Museums are places of learning, so a natural fit for former educators.
Museum archivists are equally important members of museum teams. Their job is to find, acquire, authenticate, and appraise historical documents and other museum materials. They are also responsible for the organization, classification, and safeguarding of materials in the museum. A museum archivist may also assume a managerial and leadership role, skills that any teacher would easily possess, to direct workers on arranging and exhibiting collections.
With years of experience having organized and coordinated various activities and events in your former school or college, ex-teachers can also consider switching to event planning. Event planners are in charge of coordinating locations, transportation, meals, and other aspects of such events as weddings, conferences, concerts, and more.
Since many teaching specializations require strong writing skills, many teachers find that this job is a natural fit if they leave the teaching profession. Writers can find steady work in the fields of advertising, magazines, newspapers, copywriting, and so on. This profession might also give you the opportunity to work remotely or to do freelance work.
Jobs for Teachers in the World of Business
Despite the seemingly disparate worlds of teaching and business, there are actually many fundamental similarities. Your education degree and skills as a teacher and your knowledge of people and development could make you an ideal business employee.
Teachers are natural managers.
Teachers have a knack for being able to navigate tough situations, organize activities and a workforce, and juggle many tasks at once. Many teachers find careers in management with no further training or qualification – although there are many retraining options available.
Move into sales of school supplies, if you wish to still involve yourself in school activities. With your insight and experience of the world of education and school life, you will no doubt know exactly what teachers and schools need, along with a strong understanding of human relationships, needs, and behavior. You may also have important connections that can help you conduct and grow a successful business. A teacher's intuition can help businesses market their products as marketing requires a lot of intelligence and creativity.
Human Resource Specialist
Teachers can use their interpersonal skills to successfully migrate to and carry out their jobs as human resource specialists. The responsibilities of an HR specialist include recruiting, hiring, and training new staff for large companies. A teacher's skills as an educator and the ability to work with a variety of different learners will make it easier for them to successfully plan and train new employees.
There are numerous kinds of marketing jobs, in both traditional and online forms, that teachers are professionally and creatively equipped for. There is scope for an IT teacher to get into the vastly expansive world of online marketing, with specialized roles in search engine marketing and optimization. Job descriptions for such roles will stimulate your love of your subject, whilst also allowing you to get more creative and versatile with your work.
Marketing, like teaching, is an area that requires a high level of creativity.
As someone who has had to use their creativity for lesson planning as well as for enhancing communication with each learner, this means that you will be used to developing ideas in a structured way as well as making them accessible to young learners. 'Marketing' is a broad term that encompasses all kinds of roles from public relations to organizing promotional events.
Think about how you want to start looking for marketing jobs as a former teacher. First, as with any job search, think about the reasons you're leaving teaching and use them to set out your requirements for your new career.
Real Estate Agent
Real estate agents work with buyers and sellers to facilitate the sale of real estate, both residential and commercial. Former teachers would find that many of their interpersonal skills would help them to succeed in this profession.
Personal Financial Advisor
Personal financial advisors work with individuals to help them make sound financial decisions. Maths teachers, in particular, might find that they have a strong skill set to be successful as a personal financial advisor.
Start Your Own Business
If you’re interested in getting involved with the business world and are self-motivated, why not start up your own company? Think about a product you could sell, and analyze the appropriate markets looking for gaps or patterns. Is there anything you are particularly passionate about? Perhaps an area you feel is neglected by companies? You could be the person to put things right by sharing your passions.
Quite often, great business ideas spring from hobbies.
As a teacher, there is so much experience that you could draw upon when starting up your own business. Innovation, understanding of human needs and behavior, communication, and organization are all crucial skills in the world of business.
Start a Private Tutoring Business
Leaving teaching to pursue something completely new is one thing, but what if the reason you're leaving teaching isn't teaching itself? It's not uncommon for teachers to love sharing their knowledge yet feel as if the school environment is stifling or demotivating them.
You might consider starting up your own private tutoring company! There are many ways to get started in private tutoring, and you can have completely free reign over when you work and who you work with. There are many agencies available to help you get the ball rolling, and online platforms such as Superprof, which allow you to advertise your business to a wide audience.
As a teacher, you will have a good idea of the national curriculum when it comes to your subject or age group. Because of your wealth of professional experience in the classroom, your expertise will be in very high demand. This means that your earning potential will be significantly higher than those of other tutors, who may only have experience of their subject at the undergraduate level.