The economy has left many experienced educators and new grads behind. School districts had to tighten their belts and make some painful cuts. Positions deemed unnecessary forced teachers out of work, and hard pressed to find a job. After all that hard work, two years of student teaching, term papers, and a huge college bill to pay off, what's a new teacher to do?
Use your Education Degree outside the Classroom
Experienced and new teachers are finding it harder to land a good paying job. Traditional teaching positions are being eliminated.Don't give up on your career.
Unemployed Teachers have Choices
introduction to tutoring
Unemployed teachers must realize that they have choices to make a living. A new graduate or seasoned educator can carve out their own niche without a public or private school position.
There is a viable solution to make money if a job isn't offered. I found tutoring to the one of the best ways to stay busy and sharpen your skills. Students will always need extra help and it doesn't matter their age. Elementary educators are needed to help beginner learn to read and accomplish homework. High school and college specialists are needed to proctor in essay writing, mathematics, science and test taking.
There are numerous options to find work so be flexible. The traditional in-home, on-line and volunteer tutor are three excellent choices for the unemployed. I've worked at all of these situations and they do help those new and laid off educators who need work.
The personal touch
mentor students face to face
Signing up for an in-home position is the first step an unemployed teacher can do. There are various companies in larger metropolitan areas that need specialized subjects mentors. This type of job requires people skills and organization. You must carry the books and materials to the home or library to do your job. If you like driving, then this may be for you.
Another advantage to this type of work, is to gain experience dealing with parents first hand.
If you've never worked in a school setting, then getting to know some parents and helping their child may help you immensely. Parents have enormous influence in the school hiring process so some may put in a good word when an opening comes up. Also getting a recommendation from satisfied customers is another bonus .
Skype for teachers introduction
become familair with technology
On line teaching has become the norm
The next best thing to being there
On line lessons has become the most popular method to work for both student and trainer. it provides a great convenience to both the student and trainer. The parents can get need reports immediately and the students receives instant gratification. On line companies are training new teachers and experienced ones to use the technology required to accomplish the job.
Of course, those who already are tech savvy will have first dibs on any openings. There are many companies catering to the after-school student in need of homework help. School districts need more help, especially with remedial students, so having someone on line to give help at the library is a life saver. Although, the hourly rate is low, it may be worth it to you since there's no traveling involved.
The more in-demand subjects such as English, high school math and science pay better. A good instrutor that is certified and with some experience can earn enough to make it worthwhile. Overall, this may not pay as well as a full time position, but you'll add more experience on your resume'.
Subjects in demand
help high school and college student achieve
The higher level sciences and math courses are the most in demand and they usually pay the best. I've received many requests for chemistry, physics,and biology courses at the high school and college levels. Calculus, trigonometry and statistics are also requested.
Another area that many youngsters are lacking in is grammar and essay writing. It appears that the modern-day student is text savvy and unaccustomed to actually writing in full sentences. Aiding them in English and writing are always needed. High-schoolers need to practice essay writing for college entrance exams. College freshmen and undergrads are also in need as I have witnessed. Basic writing skills are not evident which means a need for writing help will always prevail.
Non-English speaking new-comers are increasing each year, so the field is open. The certification for this area usually requires the TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or ENL, English as a New Language. There are on line companies that do not require this and some that may take you and help earn the certification as you tutor.
With the advent of applications such as Idroo whiteboard, Skype, Gchat, Instant messaging with your email service provider and the good 'ole phone, out of work teachers can hone their skills and stay active.
Companies to Work With
Putting your teaching skills to use
Several large online tutoring companies have been on the internet and provide legitimate work. They usually don't hire employees, but rather contract independent workers. They act as a intermediary and use a teacher registry to help parents and students find the right educator. Each teacher fills out a profile with references,work history, philosophy, specialties, background check and educational background.
Some of the better known ones are Tutor.com, TutorsTeach.com, Sylvan.com, TutorNation.com, and BrainMass.com to name a few.
There are foreign companies from China, Korea, Japan and Russia that need English tutors and they will assist you in learning the use the technology. Granted, the work is not high paying, but it's a start.
In person tutoring
Sylvan, Wyzant and StudyPoint.com are a few franchises around the country that have an in-store and in-home registry of teachers. Check out the local private companies that may hire a new or experienced teacher. Science and math graduates often do not need certification as they are in high demand.
I think it's wise for remedial and handicapped pupils to receive face to face help. The use of the Internet and screen is too difficult for many to navigate. Many react more positively with a person than a screen. A physically handicapped, younger child, or an autistic individual is a prime candidate for in-person help.
I worked for a few private companies and for myself, so be flexible. Non-franchised tutoring agencies help you get jobs so try them first. They make a commission and it;s in their best interest to find you work. The agencies are the first contact with school districts and know the ins and outs.Get your experience working with them.
When you work for yourself, you are responsible for finding your own students and getting paid. You also must keep a schedule, do some bookkeeping, and write reports to school personnel from time to time. As you gain experience you may want to start a service with others in the field, which is a great option to make a living.
Summary of how educators can work for themselves
the new reality of the teaching field
If you are looking for a traditional teaching position and can't find work, try tutoring instead. Don't be headstrong and resist this idea because you're afraid you'll miss out on a possible job; you can do both!
Stress is a major factor in determining if public or private school teaching is the right fit for you. Working for yourself may not always bring in lots of money but your mental and emotional health may improve.
Experienced teachers now enjoy being in charge of their lives.
Technology has made working online easier and viable. Become tech savvy if you need to learn how to use Skype and other methods of communication.. Volunteer one to two days a week at a local adult education center or library. Start a study group to help kids with their homework.
The job market has changed drastically. Experienced educators as well as new ones are having a tough time getting any work. I've presented some ideas that are relevant to keep your skills sharp and contacts growing. Don't give up your expensive education and dream. You may have to work a part time minimum wage job on the side to make ends meet. With some effort, there should be no teacher left behind.