DEAR READERS: There has been a lot of press lately about teachers leaving the profession. For example, almost 40% of respondents in a recent survey from the Colorado Education Association said they’re considering leaving the profession, with an unrealistic workload, potentially unsafe working conditions during the pandemic and low pay listed as the top reasons.
I know several young people who love working with kids, but don’t want the “negatives” that come with teaching. There are many routes to take outside of the classroom — it just takes a little outside-of-the-box thinking to discover the options. So, what are some alternate career options they can explore?
Here are a few categories to consider.
According to Michael Knight, co-founder and marketing head of Incorporation Insight, this is something many teachers transition into because the nature of the work is still related to their field but without the hassle of teaching at a school.
“Tutoring allows teachers to be more flexible with their time than teaching in a public/private school, where they have recurring meetings, extraneous work, grading and the like,” Knight explains. “It also allows them to spend one-on-one time with their students, which results in a more relaxed, focused teaching environment for both parties, resulting in better results.”
Positions with nonprofit organizations
There are myriad groups that work with children from all walks of life.
And all employ professional staff members — think executive directors, program managers and other career-level positions — to help run the programs they offer.
Some, like AmeriCorps’ CityYear program (which partners with public schools in high-need communities) and the ASPIRA Association Inc. (described as the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth) focus specifically on education.
Others, like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, focus on mentoring and building strong relationships with children facing diversity.
The ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) has compiled a list of organizations serving children and youth; and ZipRecruiter has a list of openings for job seekers looking for positions at nonprofits working with children.
Positions with youth and family programs
Youth services coordinator, youth development coach, museum educator and coach/manager of youth sports organizations are a few examples to consider.
Kathleen Furore is a Chicago-based writer and editor who has covered personal finance and other business-related topics for a variety of trade and consumer publications. You can email her your career questions at email@example.com.