Leaving science or the educational sector can confront you with additional challenges, but this page will hopefully open your eyes as to what is possible.
How to Uncover the Marketable Assets You Possess
There comes a time in the career of many educators, when they look to explore new career situations. However, many have a concern about the types of jobs for which they may be qualified. The purpose of this guide is to refresh your thinking about transferable skills you may possess. Here are some things you may have forgotten.
Remember that it is your job to translate these skills and to "sell your skills" to a potential new employer. You need to understand the job search process and how it works. Once you do, you will have much better chance at getting hired in the private sector.
Educators are group communicators.
Educators are, first of all, people who have the confidence and fortitude to stand up and speak in front of a group. Many people can't do that. They also know how to speak with authority, even in situations where their authority might be questioned. In many cases this makes them forceful communicators.
Educators are sensitive listeners.
Educators have also been trained to be perceptive, to listen, and to be sensitive to the reactions of others. Since 9O% of the problems of most businesses can be solved by better communications, the skills of educators will always be in demand.
Educators are creative people.
Educators have learned to be creative. They must find new ways to present material that will be interesting and refreshing. They have to be quick at thinking on their feet ... because some audiences are always willing to trip them up if they spot inconsistencies.
Educators are sales people.
Persistence is another quality that educators learn quite early. They recognize the importance of not giving up on people, but instead set clear goals for others and then help them reach those goals. When you add persistence to communication skills, two of the key criteria for a career in sales are in place.
Educators are trainers.
They take a body of information, then design and implement procedures to make sure that those in their classes absorb that information. In addition, they teach people to think for themselves and to develop the skills necessary to learn on their own.
Educators are motivators.
They instill a desire in their students to take an interest in a subject, and to work hard at mastering it. When you consider that they don't always have a willing audience... and that the subject matter is not always of the greatest interest to the students... their ability to motivate can be more fully appreciated.
Educators are administrators.
Have you ever known an educator who does not have scheduling, planning and administrative skills? Just to be minimally effective requires careful planning of course content, materials to be used, pace of learning, and the optimum mix of role play, testing, lectures, drills and many other factors.
Educators are good at time control.
Instructors are people who must learn to control and use their own time wisely. The classroom hours may seem structured, but all that they do in preparation, monitoring and creation of new approaches is performed in an unsupervised environment. This means that they have to set up the structure themselves and maintain the discipline required to keep at it.
Educators are project managers.
Some educators become good project managers. They are often assigned duties beyond the classroom, presiding over a broad range of faculty and student activities. It is up to them to provide the organizational structure, the goals, the milestones for progress, and the final authority on matters in dispute. At the same time, they have to understand group dynamics, and feedback, so that they get the most out of the enthusiasm that their students will bring to any activity. When you think about it, the truly amazing thing is that time after time... and year after year... teachers turn in outstanding performances in a variety of roles.
Educators are public relations people.
Public relations and community affairs represent still another hat worn by educators. Group and individual sessions with parents are just one part of that. Very often some aspect of the community will be touched by an educator's activities, and tactful, carefully thought-out communications are a must. This has become especially critical in recent years, as secondary schools and colleges have been asked to take over roles which were formerly filled by families.
Educators are counselors.
They are often expected to provide the psychological and emotional support that many of their students require. They also counsel parents, as well as each other. Again, the qualities of a good listener, a person who gets behind the symptoms to the causes, and the supportive person who is not afraid to express their feelings openly are all qualities that counselors share.
Some educators are small business managers.
Many educators have started and run small businesses during the summer. It makes little difference whether it is a retail concession stand at the shore, a landscaping and house painting company, part ownership in a local restaurant, operation of a summer camp or a basketball clinic, running tours for students or building home additions.
In any of these businesses, they learn what it means to meet a payroll, and what receivables and payables are all about. They also understand the pressures involved in making a profit, the need for systems to control operations and quality, the importance of selling, the need to make adjustments when things aren't going as planned, and all of the other aspects of running a business. For all of the educators who have run a business, there are thousands of logical potential employers. They include most small and medium sized businesses in the U.S.
Some educators are good general managers.
Some educators have the same skills as good managers. They can oversee an operation to make sure that the job gets done right. They can also help plan the direction of the organization; serve as an articulate spokesperson with customers and the community; train and organize; recruit and motivate; and in general do any of the things that a good general manager of a small business does.
The title isn't that important. The fact is that most companies can use good managers who are able to handle different functions and who can cope with a wide variety of problems as they occur. Some educators, by the very nature of what they have been doing, are well equipped to do just that.
Some educators have specialized knowledge to offer.
For example, those who are mathematicians might find their skills in demand by an insurance company, or a computer or software firm. Or, those who teach biology or physics might use their skills in research laboratories. Someone who teaches woodworking or metalworking understands the design and production requirements for a variety of products, or those with skills in graphics or written communications might find that publishing, advertising or public relations firms provide good environments for the use of those skills.
Just a few of the types of jobs for educators
Regardless of whether educators have specialized talents or not, there are many types of jobs for which they are well suited. Some of the more obvious include:
- Trainer / Counselor / Publisher
- Public Relations Account Executive
- Advertising / Promotion Manager of Internal Communications
- Administrative Manager
- Human Resource Development Consultant
- Director of Meetings & Conventions
- Customer Service Manager
- Internal Production Coordinator
- Recreation / Activities Director
- of Customer Relations
- Salesperson for Products Services
- Editor / Technical Writer Ad Copywriter
- Advertising Account Executive
- Manager of a Service Operation
- Director of Community Relations
- Manager of Marketing Support Services
- Assistant to a Senior Executive
- Director of Office Services
- Health Facilities Manager
- Consultant / Business Broker / Loan Officer
Certainly this is not an all-inclusive list. There are hundreds of other specific jobs which educators have taken and which have challenged their abilities as well as met their financial needs.
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