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No teacher enters the profession thinking that there will be a day when they can no longer be in front of children. Many new teachers hope to teach into retirement while others hope to last at least twenty years changing children's lives. However, the grim reality is that in 2022 very few teachers last in public education until retirement. Nearly half (44%) of public schools currently report full- or part-time teaching vacancies, according to data released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Some teachers leave for careers with more capacity to earn money, while others succumb to the stress that public teachers experience on a daily basis. Whatever the reason for a teacher leaving, there's always the same question when they decide not to sign their contract- What will I do next?No teacher enters the profession thinking that there will be a day when they can no longer be in front of children Click To Tweet
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.
The reality is that teachers manage a ton of responsibility each day with hundreds of kids' livelihoods on the line- the job as a Project Manager is a job in that teachers will excel. A project manager is a professional in the field of project management. Project managers have the responsibility for the planning, procurement, and execution of a project, in any undertaking that has a defined scope, defined start, and a defined finish; regardless of industry.
The job description includes (but is not limited to):
- Establish and maintain processes to manage scope over the project lifecycle, set project quality, and performance standards, and assess and manage risk within, and across, multiple projects
- Structure and manage integrated, multi-track project performance databases for multiple digital, print, social, broadcast, and experiential projects, with an eye on overall progress
- Develop and maintain partnerships with outside resources—including third-party vendors and researchers
- Monitor and assign resources appropriately to streamline project efficiency and maximize deliverable outputs
- Report project outcomes and/or risks to the appropriate management channels as needed—escalating issues as necessary based on project work plans
According to Indeed.com, Project Manager salaries start at 80,813 per year.
The ability to delegate and lead people is one that teachers do regularly with kids. A Scrum Master's duties include managing timelines, resolving problems, and coaching team members on Agile methodologies.
The job description includes but is not limited to:
- Leading the scrum team in using Agile methodology and scrum practices
- Helping the product owner and development team to achieve customer satisfaction
- Leading the scrum and development teams in self-organization
- Removing impediments and coach the scrum team on removing impediments
- Helping the scrum and development teams to identify and fill in blanks in the Agile framework
- Resolving conflicts and issues that occur
- Helping the scrum team achieve higher levels of scrum maturity
- Supporting the product owner and providing education where needed
A Scrum Master's starting salary is $109,000 per year.
Customer Service Manager
A Customer Service Manager is responsible for ensuring the satisfaction of customers at all times. They typically have the following duties and responsibilities:
- Supervising the daily operations of the customer service department
- Creating a reliable customer loyalty program
- Setting customer service goals for team members and helping them reach those goals
- Interacting with customers and handling customer queries and complaints in a timely manner
- Maintaining relationships with profitable customers
- Making weekly and monthly reports and surveys
- Staying current on the latest industry trends and techniques
According to Salary.com, the starting salary starts between $82,954 and $111,173
Instructional Technology Specialist
With the boom of technology in education, the time has come when there are a plethora of jobs for people who are familiar with K-12 and who have a 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):
• Consult 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 collaborating 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 a learning roadmap based on core and key competencies/behaviors to accelerate employees and organizational performance aligned with short and long-term business goals
• building a global learning platform and solutions that take 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.
An Instructional Designer is someone who practices 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 an 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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