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What Else Can You Do? – Jobs Where a Teaching Qualification is Desirable

I remember when I was younger and didn’t know how to spell a word. “Look it up in the dictionary”, people would say, and would proceed to search for words beginning with ‘S’ to find out how to spell psychiatrist! Searching for jobs reminded me of that as I had no idea what job title I was looking for.

It’s all very well having a list of transferable skills, but what I found tricky was finding the jobs that will employ you with those skills. I learnt a phrase which perfectly described my situation, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

The problem I had was that I didn’t know what to search for when I was looking for jobs. In retrospect, this was because many of the jobs didn’t exist when I first became a teacher. There were no “Instructional Designers” back then, for example.

Here are some job roles in which a teaching qualification is desirable:

Trainer for Apprenticeships

In May 2017, the UK government changed the way apprenticeship funding worked. The result of this has been that many training providers have been recruiting trainers who are both skilled and experienced staff from industry and who have also gained teaching qualifications. If you are wanting to become a trainer for apprenticeships then you will need to ensure that your own occupational competence and knowledge are up-to-date.  You may need to go back into industry or get placements with employers or manufacturers to become employable as a trainer for apprenticeships. This is what I do now; I’m a tutor/trainer for the new Digital Marketer apprenticeship standard.

Online Tutor

Online tuition is a rapidly growing area. Tutors are able to work from home, with no travel time and it allows students to learn when and where they want. Here are some links that may be of use if you want to learn more about this.

National Careers Service – This link gives information about the following:

  • Entry requirements
  • Skills required
  • What you’ll do
  • Salary
  • Working hours, patterns and environment
  • Career path and progression

How To Become An Online Tutor – this link includes a section on “How to Find Online Tutoring Jobs”

Also, check out job sites such as Indeed where you will find jobs for Online Tutors.

Educational Sales

There are many businesses who sell to schools and colleges, from books to technical equipment and software. It may be possible to get into a job where you are involved in creating content for textbooks. As a teacher, you will have an advantage when it comes to educational sales because you will know what you are talking about and you will see the advantages of the product and therefore know how best to sell them to schools. You may have to do some retraining, for example in sales techniques or other business-related field, but many of these can be learnt in courses online.

Learning & Development Training Officer

Teachers have a good understanding of how people learn and this can be useful in the corporate environment in assessing training needs for the organisation and creating learning resources. Learning and development in organisations can include everything from:

  • delivering in-house induction
  • delivering training courses
  • creating e-learning resources
  • coaching and mentoring staff

Curriculum Development Manager

The Curriculum Development Manager is a similar job role to the Learning & Development Training Officer. Job advertisements I have seen for this require experience of designing and developing a curriculum. The teaching and learning experiences are usually coupled with training, so you are also required to have experience of conducting Training Needs Analysis with employers. Have you done this in your school?

E- Learning Specialist

A job role purpose I have seen advertised for E-Learning Specialist was:

“Consult, advise, design, deliver and evaluate learning and development (L&D) solutions and technology based learning capabilities, in accordance with internal and external standards and regulatory requirements, to enable a culture of self-directed learning and to meet business requirements across the organisation.”

This kind of job requires relevant technical knowledge or experience and so you would need to have experience of designing and delivering a range of learning solutions using software such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate, and using the learning resources on Learning Management Systems e.g. Moodle, Canvas, etc.