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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: Had enough of the classroom? Consider these options... Reply with quote

10 career choices for teachers who have had enough of the classroom
By Z.R. Khan, Teach Middle East Magazine | 27 May 2018
Source: http://teachmiddleeastmag.com/10-career-choices-for-teachers-who-have-had-enough-of-the-classroom/

It is noble to think that once you become a teacher you will dedicate your entire working life to the profession and some people do. But for those who have simply had enough of the classroom and would like a change, here are ten career choices to consider starting from the obvious to the not so obvious:
    1. School Administrator
    2. Teacher Trainer/Education Consultant
    3. Corporate Trainer
    4. Private Tutor to the Stars
    5. Curriculum Writer
    6. College/University Academic Advisor
    7. Public Speaker
    8. Vlogger/Blogger
    9. Writer
    10. Radio and Television Broadcasting
This list is by no means comprehensive; ex teachers are suited to a myriad of careers. If you are a teacher who has simply had enough of the classroom and none of the above resonates with you, there are so many other options to consider. Remember to keep an open mind, network, get additional training in a new field if necessary, think outside the box, and stay persistent. The level of dedication and discipline required to survive as a teacher will serve you well in any other career that you may choose.

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psychedelicacy



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do 4 and a bit of 3.
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Yanklonigan



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still in the classroom, but I have been working on 7, 8 and 9. My progress has been slow but steady.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those who expect to move or have transitioned out of the classroom, what steps did you take toward making your plan a reality?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1,2 and 7. You can also add academic researcher to the list of non-classroom related things that I do.

For #1 you usually need post grad credentials (often a related MA is enough to get your foot in the door) and significant experience in mainstream school settings. Often times however you will be competing with Ed.D or PhD applicants for those school administrator jobs.

Getting into DOS positions it is usually enough to have a BA, TEFL/TESOL and several years of experience (5-10 is common). Some managerial experience or training is also beneficial since human resource management is a big part of the DOS job.

For #2 it is a lot of the same background as #1 to be a teacher trainer.
I do a lot of teacher "professional development" workshops for mainstream teachers. It is largely a word of mouth thing to get started. Now, I am at the point where I have to decline more than accept due to time limitations.

You can probably get into TEFL course instructor with a BA, CELTA/DELTA or similar and a few years of classroom experience. Beach TEFL providers are not even that fussy, usually.

For #7 it was a combination of networking, academic background and experience that lead to being asked to speak at conferences. After you do the first few they seem to come more and more often if you are an engaging speaker that your audience responds well to. The people in your audience are often the people who are also on the selection committee for other, similar conferences.

I don't do the "Tony Robbins" type of "motivational" speaking. I leave that to others who are so inclined.

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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is strange that school staffrooms are full of people who do not want to be teachers !
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Yanklonigan



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scot 47, it could be that many teachers think outside of the box and are restless by nature....especially English teachers.

As for as becoming a writer and a public speaker, it takes time to construct a full-time job out of it...and I haven't reached that point as of yet. I do have an internet presence after many years of writing articles, reviews, interviews, press releases and poems for online magazines, journals and blogs. I have put together an electronic portfolio of my best writings on my own web page that I use as advertisement for my writing abilities.

I have given presentations at conventions, libraries, clubs (Lion's Club for example) and here at my college. I have my presentations filmed and they're available at youtube and on my web page. I have also had an Irish film production film a ten-minute concept film based upon a screenplay I have written.
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Non Sequitur



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a thread somewhere about moving from teaching to entrepreneur in China.
I'll bump it if i can find it.
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Non Sequitur



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here:
http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=28310&highlight=entrepreneur
Some of the ideas overlap with this thread.
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spanglish



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
For those who expect to move or have transitioned out of the classroom, what steps did you take toward making your plan a reality?


Figured out how to 'spin' my narrative of life abroad (a continual process), completed a top master's degree in new field, moved to an expensive US city with economic opportunity, applied like mad for thousands of jobs, got a paid internship, got a couple temporary contracts, got my (current) project manager position in private industry. The full transition took a little over 3 years. Background in international teaching has been very useful in my current position.
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getbehindthemule



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some alternative choices for teachers who really have had enough of the classroom:

1. Open a bar / small restaurant / sandwich shop.
2. Run a small guesthouse.
3. Aquaponics and other sustainable agricultural systems.
4. Import/Export business.
5. Blag your way into a company with a very high paid 'foreign expert' type job.
6. Invest your time researching and investing in stocks and shares.

I've known people who had left teaching to do the above with varying degrees of success.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

getbehindthemule wrote:
Some alternative choices for teachers who really have had enough of the classroom:

1. Open a bar / small restaurant / sandwich shop.
2. Run a small guesthouse.
3. Aquaponics and other sustainable agricultural systems.
4. Import/Export business.
5. Blag your way into a company with a very high paid 'foreign expert' type job.
6. Invest your time researching and investing in stocks and shares.

I've known people who had left teaching to do the above with varying degrees of success.


1. I recommend real estate! But you need some cash to get started.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Had enough of the classroom? Consider these options... Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
10 career choices for teachers who have had enough of the classroom
By Z.R. Khan, Teach Middle East Magazine | 27 May 2018
Source: http://teachmiddleeastmag.com/10-career-choices-for-teachers-who-have-had-enough-of-the-classroom/

It is noble to think that once you become a teacher you will dedicate your entire working life to the profession and some people do. But for those who have simply had enough of the classroom and would like a change, here are ten career choices to consider starting from the obvious to the not so obvious:
    1. School Administrator
    2. Teacher Trainer/Education Consultant
    3. Corporate Trainer
    4. Private Tutor to the Stars
    5. Curriculum Writer
    6. College/University Academic Advisor
    7. Public Speaker
    8. Vlogger/Blogger
    9. Writer
    10. Radio and Television Broadcasting
This list is by no means comprehensive; ex teachers are suited to a myriad of careers. If you are a teacher who has simply had enough of the classroom and none of the above resonates with you, there are so many other options to consider. Remember to keep an open mind, network, get additional training in a new field if necessary, think outside the box, and stay persistent. The level of dedication and discipline required to survive as a teacher will serve you well in any other career that you may choose.

(End of excerpt)


Some possibilities:
1. Run a guesthouse
2. Buy rental properties
3. Work for the government
4. Join the Peace Corps
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Vince



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
It is strange that school staffrooms are full of people who do not want to be teachers !

Sometimes it's because the daily life of a teacher isn't what they expected. Business and politics can exert a heavy influence on what is expected of teachers, and some don't agree with those influences.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Staying within the field of education/training... Add educational voice-over actor to the list.
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