While some opt to go and earn another degree to transition into another career, there are others who are able to successfully transition into careers who LOVE teachers.
Instructional Technology Specialist
With the boom of technology in education, the time has come where there are a plethora of jobs for people who are familiar with the K-12 and who have the knack for technology. Some of these positions are in schools while others are in major corporations. The job description includes (but is not limited to):
• consulting with faculty about teaching and learning goals for courses and help faculty choose and implement the instructional and classroom technologies best suited to meet the identified needs and goals.
• developing project plans for implementing a range of instructional technologies in a course.
• evaluating new and emerging technologies and their ability to meet both teaching and learning needs, and collaborate with faculty and staff to expand educational technology initiatives such as flipped classrooms/blended learning, iPads for teaching and learning, and active learning classrooms.
• planning, organizing, and leading workshops for faculty and students in the use of specific instructional technologies.
According to Salary.com, the median salary starts at $52, 409 and job environments can range from colleges to Fortune 500 companies. While this job is usually not working with students, it will allow you to use your communication skills learned from the classroom to have meetings with stakeholders and co-workers about strategies to connect technology to their job.
The ability to think on your feet and deliver information to a crowd is nothing new to teachers. However, what if I told you that there is a profession other than teaching where you can do the same? According to Wikipedia, the job of a corporate trainer is to help improve the performance skills (soft, people or hard skills) of the employees of a corporation. The job description of a corporate trainer can range from:
• delivering classroom training and WebEx training for sales and sales support teams
•assisting in the coordination and delivery of new hire training programs, including some coaching and training on certain topics and tasks
• designing, developing and delivering a sales training program within the assigned sales region
• collaborating with sales leadership to identify, recommend, and implement training solutions that maximize organizational efficiencies and performance
• focusing on newly hired sales and sales support teams aligned with the On-Boarding Program with topics
According to Indeed.com, the average salary is $54,000 and most corporate trainers work in Corporate America. Most work in an environment where they are delivering what teachers know as professional development and helping employees understand training solutions within the company.
The job of a learning consultant is as varied as the company hiring for the position. In short the Learning Consultant designs and deploys the global learning competency/behavior based roadmap for employees and leaders at all levels aligned with the Learning & Organizational Development Center’s strategy. The job description of a learning consultant consists of:
• designing learning roadmap based on core and key competencies/behaviors to accelerate employee’s and organizational performance aligned with short and long-term business goals
• building a global learning platform and solutions that takes into consideration a variable expense model through vendors and internal solutions
• developing processes and infrastructure to ensure that the learning is applied and provides a measurable return on the investment tied to higher business results and employee engagement
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for a learning consultant is $84,000 per year! Some companies ask people in these positions to have a degree in Human Resources, while others require you to have a degree in education or business.
4. Instructional Designer
An Instructional Designer is someone who is the practice of creating instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing. This process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some “intervention” to assist in the transition. The job description of an Instructional Designer is to:
• working collaboratively with faculty and instructional designers, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to produce engaging online courses.
• providing curriculum design, development and launch support for all electronically delivered classes
• providing technical assistance and resources for faculty in using/maximizing electronic platforms in use for online courses; converts hard copy instructional materials (Word, PowerPoint, images, video, audio, etc.) to effective electronic format appropriate to enhance student learning
• creating, altering and maintaining websites used with respect to specific programs
Now you tell us of any jobs that would be good for former teachers!
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