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What Else Can You Do? – Other Jobs You Can Do

One of the most frustrating things about leaving teaching is that you will probably have no idea about what other jobs are out there. This page helps shed some light on what other jobs you can do apart from teaching. Click on the links to find out further information. If you want to know where to find these jobs, go to my Job Hunting section.

Jobs where a teaching qualification is desirable

Trainer for Apprenticeships

Online Tutor

eLearning Specialist

Educational Sales

Learning & Development Training Officer

Curriculum Development Manager

Other Jobs in the Public Sector

Public Sector Jobs

What Other Teachers Did Instead

Some ex-teachers have shared with me on my Facebook page what they do now. I have collated these true stories about what other teachers did instead on my What other teachers did instead page:

Screenshot of the "What other teachers did" section of this website.

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.

When I left teaching, I trained as an Assessor and gained a Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). Because of my background, I began assessing for apprenticeships in Creative & Digital Media and, later, in Digital Marketing. Since apprenticeships changed in May 2017, the role of assessor has changed. There is now more emphasis on being able to structure learning and to teach, which is why a teaching qualification is desirable. I talk more about this in My Story.


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:

This How To Become An Online Tutor link includes a section on “How to Find Online Tutoring Jobs”. You will also find jobs for Online Tutors on job sites such as Indeed.

This National Careers Service link gives information about the following:

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

Elaine’s experience of Online Tutoring

“I have been asked by this page to explain a little further about my job as an online tutor due to the amount of interest in it. Firstly, please understand this is my own experience, I am not a salesperson and just commented to help someone who was asking for suggestions! After leaving full time teaching in 2013, I chose to be a supply teacher. I did this until early this year. I did mainly emergency cover because I found once I took on longer contracts it was straight back to all the planning/assessing/parent’s evenings etc.

“Last year one of my friends asked if I had heard of online English teaching. I hadn’t and she sent me the details. I was very interested in what I heard, I completed the TEFL qualification over the summer holidays last year and started tutoring in October 2018. At first I was still doing supply as I gained confidence (mainly with the technology). However, I found I really enjoyed it and took the plunge in February to go self-employed and now work online pretty much full time.

The company I work for is called Itutorgroup. There are many other companies out there that employ online English teachers, but this is the one I work for. Some teachers work for several but I prefer to stick with the one. (I was the same as a supply teacher to be honest). I got the position through a recruiter. The recruiter was Comfort Education As far as I am aware, they still recruit for ITutor. You can also apply direct to ITutorgroup (

You will need a Bachelor’s Degree and a TEFL qualification. I did not do an expensive qualification, I obtained mine from Oplex Careers. I think I paid about £30 for it. It was an online course, I found it pretty interesting and not at all difficult. The company accepted it without issue. I believe there are other places you can use to gain this qualification as well. I am not going to be commenting further on this. I hope I have covered everything. I am very happy doing this job, I enjoy teaching Asian children, I don’t mind the fact there is a time difference (they are 8 or 7 hours ahead depending on our clocks!). The flexibility, the fact there is no commute, and the ability to work 7 days a week, all year round if you should wish to do so (I don’t!) makes up for it.”

Elaine, who posted on my Thinking of Leaving Teaching Facebook page.

e-Learning Specialist

You may also see this type of job advertised as a Learning Designer, Instructional Designer, Learning Technologist or Academic/Educational Developer. These kind of jobs requires relevant technical knowledge or experience and so you would need to have experience of using learning resources on Learning Management Systems e.g. Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc. and maybe experience of designing and delivering a range of learning solutions using software such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate. A teaching qualification is frequently mentioned in person specifications for these roles as an understanding of pedagogy is an important part of the roles.

“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.”

A job role purpose I saw advertised for E-Learning Specialist.

In June 2019, I found an advert for a job in this field on I had been wanting to get into this area for a couple of years, so I applied for the job, completing the application form using the STAR technique that I mention on this website at Job Search – Completing Application Forms. I also included a portfolio of my work as a PDF attachment on the online application form.

I was successful in getting an interview and took a day off to brush up on interview technique, using the links that I have on this website at Job Search – Interview Questions. I am very happy to report that I was offered the job and am now a Learning Technologist at a University in the Midlands.

Check out this thread on Reddit. Several people suggested looking at Instructional Design:

Leaving teaching. Need a new profession from r/Teachers

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

As a teacher, you will have good interpersonal skills and so a teaching qualification is desirable in this kind of role.


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?


Public Sector Jobs

Jobs in the public sector, including the Civil service, Local Government and Council, Central Government, Healthcare, International Development, and Police, Firefighting and Armed Forces, can be found on the GOV.UK site.

This article, What are the Different Public Sector Professions Available to Those Leaving Their Teaching Jobs?, talks about professions in the Public Sector that are available to those leaving their teaching jobs. Topics discussed here are:

  • Exploring different options after your teaching career
  • Civil service jobs for ex-teachers
  • Civil service positions overseas
  • Teaching English abroad
  • Community based work
  • Jobs in education
  • Counselling: alternatives to teaching
  • Becoming a Tutor
  • Become a substitute teacher

The article mentions the Civil Service Fast Stream which is a government-run scheme that takes on graduates with an aim of making them into leaders to ensure a successful future for the Civil Service, and is also available for those leaving teaching.


Further Information

Teaching and Education – The National Careers Service. This lists 55 jobs in the Teaching and Education category where a teaching qualification would be useful.

101 Alternative Jobs for Teachers – Trudy Graham.

373 Alternatives for Teachers Tired of Their Classroom Job by James Anthony. This is a useful article for anyone wanting more job ideas. It’s a very good read and also has a free download, “373 Alternative Job Ideas for Teachers”.

In addition, James Anthony also has a link to his book “Classroom Escape” as a free download at the bottom of the article. Check out other articles on his website too.